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(1956 - )
Donald Demers was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects while spending his summers in Maine. He was educated at the school of the Worcester Art Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art. Don is an avid sailor whose experience comes from being crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels.
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 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.
Demers’ body of work has expanded to the study and creation of landscape painting. These works are created from subjects across the country and beyond. His landscape work has garnered him two awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in Laguna Beach, California in 2001 and 2002. Among the many rewards he has received for his painting is the 2007 Crystal Cove Invitational sponsored by the Irvine Museum in Orange County, CA. Demers is a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America).
Don conducts workshops for artists as well as producing instructional DVDs. He also lectures on his landscape and marine art. His audiences include museums, art associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.
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