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Down to the Sea 2014

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Down to the Sea Calendar

Don Demers has been inspired since boyhood by the deep Atlantic waters that sweep the coast of Maine. His experience of sailing aboard traditional ships brings an authenticity to his marine paintings. In Down to the Sea when Demers paints historic vessels riding a swell or wafting through a coastal inlet, you can always sense the wind, feel the sea, and smell the salt air of the waterways that reach to the heart of his passion for painting.
14 x 22 inches, open

Featured Paintings:

  • “Atlantic Crossing”
  • “Waiting out the Fog”
  • “Rendezvous”
  • “L.A. Dunton Jogging Along the Fishing Grounds”
  • “East River Traffic, the Bark Quickstep”
  • “Fog in the Harbor”
  • “Nina, 1929 Transatlantic”
  • “America’s Cup Trials 1930, Weetamoe vs. Enterprise”
  • “Fastnet Race, 1928”
  • “A Warm Cove”
  • “Returning the Pilot”
  • “Leaving the Anchorage”

About the Artist

Donald Demer’s interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending summers in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Although predominantly self-taught, Demers attended the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Arts. His education continued at sea as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels. These included the square rigger Unicorn, the schooner Fair Sarae, and the brigantine Black Pearl, where he experienced firsthand the workings of traditional sailing ships and the mysterious beauty of the open ocean. Aboard these he cruised the waters of the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.

His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader's Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, and National Geographic.

Demers’ diversity has enabled him to apply his creative skills to projects for organizations from American Airlines to the National Park Service. One of his paintings of the Faraday laying the first transatlantic cable appeared in one of the coveted Super Bowl half-time ads! Projects have included designing art glass for Steuben and creating two paintings for the United States Power Squadron to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

Don is a fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and has won a record 15 awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition since 1982. His marine paintings have been featured in American Artist, Yachting, Nautical Quarterly, Nautical World, Offshore, Maine Boats, Marine Boats and Harbors, and Fine Art Connoisseur.

His work has been utilized and discussed in a number of texts including Concordia Yawls, The First Fifty Years, by Elizabeth Meyer; Marine Painting and Yachts on Canvas, by James Taylor; Yacht Portraits published by Sheridan House; A Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers; and an instructional textbook titled Marine Painting, Techniques of Modern Masters published by Watson Guptill. Don's work is also included in Bound for Blue Water, the definitive guide to contemporary marine art by J. Russell Jinishian. Selected paintings are available as limited edition prints through Greenwich Workshop.

Don received the Silver Medal at the Plein-Air Painting International Exhibition in 2006, at Laguna Beach, California. Using his ability to articulate the complex problems of art and to inspire aspiring artists, he leads workshops around the United States and in Europe. He has filmed a series of instructional videos entitled The Outdoor Studio. He also has lectured on his maritime art experiences at museums, art clubs, yacht clubs, and historical societies.

Since his last one-man marine exhibition in 2010, Don’s paintings have been featured in prominent museum exhibitions including the Joan Irvine Museum in Laguna Beach, California; the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California; the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Mt. Carmel, Utah; the Plein-Air Painting Museum on Catalina Island, California; the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts. In 2007, his paintings traveled with the national exhibition entitled “From Sea to Shining Sea: A Reflection of America.” Future projects include a coffee-table book on the artist and a retrospective exhibition of his work at a major museum.

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