ALC: How did you come to be a professional artist? Was it always your direct goal or was your path a winding one?
Don Demers: I'm unusual in that even as a young child, art was my avocation. It never occurred to me that I wouldn't make my living as an artist of some kind and that attitude sustained itself through school and into my adult life. I was very lucky.
ALC: What's your favorite digital tool?
Don Demers: I don't have one. I'm somewhat of a Luddite.
ALC: What's your favorite non-digital tool 0 the one you absolutely can't live without?
Don Demers: My paintbrush!
ALC: If you could take any workshop in the next year, with whom would your study and what would you look to learn from him/her?
Don Demers: I don't have a specific artist in mind, but I'd like to go back and work with the human figure. I've been dedicated to landscape and seascape for the better part of my career and I'd like to flex some different and latent artistic muscles.
ALC: What does your workspace look like?
|Monterey Surf by Don Demer|
ALC: What is your primary art goal for the next year?
Don Demers: To continue to make a living at it of course! That means finding collectors that want to acquire my work. I'd also like to explore some approaches in my technique that might be a bit more experimental and lead to some new interpretations of familiar subject matter.
ALC: What do you consider to be your strongest attribute as an artist?
Don Demers: My love for and dedication to what I do. No results can be obtained without a deep commitment to your art and your craft.
|Dusk on the Reef by Don Demers|
Don Demers: I'd like to have an exhibition with a museum based on the theme of "The Sea."
ALC: What one piece of advice would you give to someone following in your footsteps?
Don Demers: Look inside yourself and work your tail off until you hear and see your voice emerge. It comes through your head, your heart and your hands. Leave the rest to finding good representation and don't be fooled by thinking this is easy and can be obtained quickly. It can't.
ALC: Would you share your favorite technique or technical tip for our readers?
|Sheepscott Morning by Don Demers|
Don's Website: http://donalddemers.com
Don is represented by the following galleries:
Vose Galleries, Boston, MA
Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, NC
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gallery at Somes Sound, Mt. Desert, ME
J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Haynes Gallery, Nashville, KY and Thomaston, ME