oil on canvas
20 x 36 inches
Nantucket Afternoon by Donald Demers depicts one of the most iconic Nantucket scenes of the famous cat boats sailing past Brant Point Light on a perfect summer afternoon. Nantucket Afternoon is one of the featured works in Cavalier Galleries summer Maritime Masters exhibition closing on Monday, August 31st. Cavalier Galleries has assembled a fine exhibition of Maritime and Nautical themed art that will interest both art appreciators and Maritime history buffs. A wonderful collection of fine art paintings, photographs, sculpture and selected historical objects have been brought together to create a compelling online exhibition that celebrates the beauty and nostalgia of Maritime history, classic ships and all things nautical.
Donald Demers was born in 1956 in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine. He attended the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Demers maritime experience came as a crew member 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. 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, Artist magazine, Plein Air magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur , Art and Antiques, Yachting magazine, Nautical Quarterly, Nautical World, Offshore magazine, and Maine 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 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). He has won a record seventeen awards at the Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT. including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award in 2006. 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.
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