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Don Demers - End of Day One - The Great Transatlantic Race, 1866 -  MASTERWORK CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          End of Day One - The Great Transatlantic Race, 1866
by Don Demers

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Limited Edition of: 50
Image Size: 44"w x 25"h.
Published: June 2006

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Trans-ocean racing is still a relatively new sport, but was simply unheard of in the 19th century. A lively dinner discussion at New Yorkís Union Club in October 1866 resulted in the first Trans-Atlantic challenge. The contenders: Pierre Lorillardís "Vesta," George and Franklin Osgoodís "Fleetwing" and New York Herald founderís son, James Gordon Bennett Jr.ís "Henrietta" ó all two-masted schooners. It was a winner-take-all ó $30,000 plus bragging rights.

On the morning of December 16, the starting gun was sounded and the vessels weighed anchor in the New York Narrows. Next stop ó Cowes, England. Demersí evocative painting depicts the end of the first day, the vessels having logged nearly 300 miles and still in sight of each other. By day two "Fleetwing" had a twenty-mile lead on "Henrietta" and a forty-mile lead on "Vesta." The racing was serious. Remarkably, after 3,000 miles of intense sailing all three yachts finished within hours of each other. On December 26 at 3:46pm "Henrietta" was first, followed by "Fleetwing" at 1:00am and the ill fated "Vesta," whose local English pilot had taken them in the wrong direction, allowing "Fleetwing" to pass her nearly in sight of the finish. Demersí extraordinary painting transports us hundreds of miles to sea to experience the majesty of these three great vessels underway as if we were sailing alongside them.

Don 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. Crewing aboard schooners, square-riggers and other traditional craft have provided both the foundation for his technical expertise and the vision to transfer his first- hand experience to the canvas. His love of sailing has not diminished over the years. Don acknowledges his high school art teacher as the most formative influence in his early training. He continued his education at the School of the Worcester (MA) Art Museum and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. His professional career began as an illustrator and soon expanded into the field of marine painting. A move to Maine in 1984 marked a shift in his career in which illustration yielded to marine and landscape painting. Illustration serves as a diversion from the demands of fine art and over the years, Readerís Digest, Sail Magazine, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Yankee, Downeast and most recently, the prestigious National Geographic magazines, in addition to several book publishers, have called on Don to create visual illumination for the written word. Donís diversity has enabled him to offer his expertise to clients ranging from American Airlines to the National Park Service, with projects as varied as creating art for national television advertisements and designing art glass for Steuben. Demersí body of work has expanded over the last several years to include the study and creation of both plein air and studio landscape paintings based on 19th century methods and philosophies. His landscape paintings have been widely acclaimed and honored throughout the country. Created in consort with painters of similar inspiration, it has been widely acclaimed and honored throughout the country. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, won a record number (11) awards at the Mystic International Marine Exhibition, Mystic, CT and at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Don has won two awards. His illustrations have been recognized four times by the Museum of American Illustration in their national competition as representing the finest examples of work in the field. A master of communication about his art form, Mr. Demers conducts workshops for artists and lectures on his art and maritime experiences, both here and abroad. Don has been featured in American Artist magazine, Artist magazine and Plein Air Magazine. His audiences include museums, art clubs and associations, yacht clubs, historical societies and educational institutions.


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