Whether studying the sea from his 35-foot sloop or gathering information on small-scale oil and casein studies from the shoreline and woodlands, Don Demers prefers to work from nature, rather than from photo reference. His paintings embody the freshness of the natural world and the discerning eyes of an artist.
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Born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Don Demers largely considers himself to be a self-taught artist, though he has studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art. Feeling his academic instruction to be inadequate, Demers left the Museum School to sail as a crewmember on schooners and square-rigged ships. His love for the sea continues on to the present day and likely stemmed from his early summers spent on the shoreline near Boothbay Harbor. In 1984, Demers settled in Maine, and his close affiliation with the ocean has remained an ever-present theme in his works, as evident in his views of sailing ships to rock-strewn coastlines.
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(on lower stretcher) RISING WITH THE WIND D. DEMERS 2019