Donald Mosher grew up on the North Shore, and is a descendant of shipbuilders from Nova Scotia and farmers from Maine; his interest in painting began after winning his first award at the age of eight. He later attended the Vesper School of Art, where he met his wife Christine. Don’s professional career began with teaching and demonstrating for students. For nearly 20 years his main concentration was watercolors. It wasn’t until 1988 that he began working in oil. His grasp and skill with the medium has resulted in a body of work that is among the finest oil paintings being created by contemporary artists. Don is naturally drawn to the sea, the power and magnificence of which, can be seen captured brilliantly in his marine paintings. His subjects vary and he moves fluidly between the tranquility of the New England countryside and the hustle and bustle of Boston on a summer afternoon..
He opened his first gallery on Cape Ann in 1974 and has made Rockport his home since 1980. During his career, Don has achieved over 200 awards. His work has earned regional as well as national acclaim and recognition. He’s been featured in several major publications including Yankee Magazine and American Artist. Widely collected, his paintings hang in the permanent collections of American and International corporations, institutions, banks, and private homes. His works can be seen in the Peabody Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the State House in Boston.
For four years, Don served as the vice president of the Rockport Art Association and as well as the curator. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, New England Watercolor Society, the Copley Society, International Society of Marine Painters, and the Salmagundi Club. Don’s most recent publication, The Seasons of New England, features over 100 colored images of his paintings. He is currently living and working Rockport Massachusetts.