Working the River
Maine’s location provided it not only with the raw materials necessary for scraping a living from the land, but also connected its vast natural enterprises ― fishing, quarrying, lumbering among others ― to global markets via Maine-built ships of extraordinary design.
Just after the Revolutionary War, Charles de Talleyrand-Périgord observed, “Maine was a place of opportunity that . . . combines healthfulness and fertility, whose whole coast is one vast harbor of the sea, which is watered by rivers, lakes, ponds, creeks and streams in abundance according to the most fortunate distribution.”
Maine resident Don Demers is one of the most collected marine artists in the country today. His passion for the sea, its beauty and our intimate relationship is at the core of what sets his art apart from others.