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Don Demers, Fellow

"Skirting the Reef"

18" x 24" - Oil

This painting portrays a Maine lobsterman heading off to haul his gear, meaning to take his traps up with bad weather pending. The title refers to the boat's close proximity to the breaking seas, implying the local knowledge and confidence that these fisherman possess. They maneuver their vessels in conditions and in waters that only a very experienced seaman could handle. I've said that watching a lobsterman drive a lobster boat is like watching a cowboy ride a horse.

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