Donald Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. Demers, having drawn and painted from a very early age, furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Demers’ is a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America). He has won a record twelve awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. Recognized for his communication skills, Demers conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional videos and DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.

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Donald Demers

Donald Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor. Demers, having drawn and painted from a very early age, furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Demers’ maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers. He continues to be an avid sailor. His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. Because of Demers’ love of illustration, it continues to play a role in his career. 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’ paintings have been featured in a number of publications including “American Artist” magazine, “Yachting” magazine, “Nautical Quarterly,” “Nautical World,” “Offshore” magazine and “Marine Boats and Harbors.” His work has also been featured and discussed in a number of texts including “Concordia Yawls,” “The First Fifty Years,” by Elizabeth Meyer, “Marine Painting” and “Yachts on Canvas,” both authored by James Taylor, of Greenwich, England. “Yacht Portraits” published by Sheridan House, “A Gallery of Marine Art,” Rockport Publishers, an instructional textbook titled “Marine Painting,” “Techniques of Modern Masters” published by Watson Guptill and “Bound for Blue Water” written by J. Russell Jinishian and published by Greenwich Workshop.

Demers’ diversity has enabled him to apply his skills to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service. Various projects have included creating art for national television advertisements, educational television programming and designing art glass for Steuben.Recently, Demers’ body of work has expanded to the study and creation of plein air landscape painting. These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond, often in consort with other artists of similar inspiration. His landscape work garnered him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2001 and 2002.

Demers’ is a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America). He has won a record twelve awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. Demers’ illustrations have been recognized by the Museum of American Illustration four times in their national competition representing the finest examples of work in the field. Recognized for his communication skills, Demers conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional videos and DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.

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Exhibitions

1985 Eighth National ASMA Show, Newport News, VA

1988 One-Man Show, Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT

1989 Ninth National ASMA Show, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

1992 Tenth National ASMA Show, Schaefer Gallery, Mystic, CT

1995 One-Man Show, Robert Wilson Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1996 Two-Man, Robert Wilson Gallery, Nantucket, MA D.Demers/J.McGurl

1997 Eleventh National ASMA Show, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
The Cummer Museum of Art & Flowers, Jacksonville, FL

1998 Three-Man Show, Tree’s Place, New American Luminists
D.Demers/W.Davis/J.McGurl

1999 One-Man Show, J. Russell Jinishian – Portrayals of Patrick O’Brien Stories,
Seaman’s Institute, NYC

2000 One-Man Show, J. Russell Jinishian
Three-Man Show, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA,
D.Demers/J.McGurl/W.Davis
Three-Man Show, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA New American Luminists,
D.Demers/J.McGurl/W.Davis

2001 One-Man Show, J.Russell Jinishian, Fairfield, CT
Twelfth National ASMA Show, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
First USA Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, DE
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational, Laguna, CA
Contemporary Artists Paint Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras: a California Art Club
Invitational, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

2002 The Guild of Boston Artists, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Three-Man Show, John Pence Gallery, Stockton, CA D.Demers/W.Davis/J.McGurl
St. Botolph Club, Marine Art Exhibition, Boston, MA
Marine Masterworks, One Man Show, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational, Laguna, CA
Plein Air Painters of America, Catalina Island, Catalina, CA Guest Artist

2003 Admiralty Gallery, Vero Beach, FL
Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Naples, Fl
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational, Laguna, CA
ASMA Invitational Show; Newport, RI; Bath, ME; Essex, CT
New American Luminists, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
MJW Fine Art, Balboa, CA
The Guild of Boston Artists, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
23rd International, Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT
“Bound for Blue Water,” J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT

2004 American Society of Marine Artists, 13th National Exhibition, Vero Beach, FL –
Museum of Art
One-Man Show, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT
“Realism Now: Traditions and Departures, Mentors and Protégés” Vose Galleries
of Boston, MA
Tahoe Plein Air Painters of America, Lake Tahoe, CA
ASMA, New England Regional Show, Dennis, MA
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Invitational, Laguna, CA
Coastal Marine Show, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
“Boston to Boothbay,” One-Man Show, Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA

2009 November, Helena Fox Fine Art, The Siren Call of The Sea and Shore
Charleston, SC, Group Exhibition

2014 November, Helena Fox Fine Art, The Color of Light, A Plein Air Experience
Charleston, SC, a Group Exhibition with PAPA

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