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 Donald Allen Mosher  (1945 - 2014)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: marine and landscape painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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, and graduated in 1968.

Mosher started his professional career and began teaching and demonstrating for students.  For nearly 20 years his main concentration was watercolors, in 1988 he began working in oil and now has an equally impressive reputation for this medium.

He is naturally drawn to the power of the sea and the tranquility of the New England countryside.  This is evident in his paintings, with loose yet precise brushstrokes, revealing a sense of calm to the viewer.

He opened his first gallery on Cape Ann in 1974 and from there making is home in Rockport home since 1980.  Now the recipient of over 200 awards for his work he has also been featured in several national publications including Yankee and American Artist Magazine.  His paintings hang in the permanent collections of large corporations, institutions, banks, and private homes throughout the United States and abroad including the Peabody Museum, Portland Art museum, and the State House in Boston.

For four years, Mosher served as the vice president of the Rockport Art Association* and as well as the curator.  He is a member of many organizations, including the Guild of Boston Artists*, New England Watercolor Society, the Copley Society*, International Society of Marine Painters, and the Salmagundi Club*.

His most recent publication, The Seasons of New England, features over 100 colored images of his paintings. 

He is currently living and working Rockport Massachusetts.

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The following obituary from The Boston Globe, August 9, 2014, was submitted by Peter Kostoulakos

1945 - 2014 | Obituary |
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MOSHER, Donald Allen
The art world has lost a master painter and New England treasure. The world in general has lost a generous, kind and gentle man with the passing of Donald Allen Mosher, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, following a long and brave fight with a rare form of blood cancer. By his side throughout was his beloved wife Christine, his wife of 45 years, his daughter Heather, his son in-law Frank Militello and his"Angel" his grand-daughter Cosima.

Donald was born October 11, 1945 in Everett, MA. The son of the late Allen and Florence Post Mosher, the second child in a family of three girls and two boys. Donald is survived by his three sisters Joan Knapp, Barbara Melanson and Sue Farraina and predeceased by his brother, Bob Mosher. They lived in Malden for 9 years before moving to Topsfield and later Saugus where Donald graduated with the Saugus High School class of 1963.

Donald went on to study at Vesper George School of Art in Boston where he met and fell in love with his wife Christine. They married in 1969 and two years later they had their baby girl whom they named Heather who grew up to be an artist just like her parents. They settled in Cape Ann in 1974 in the Rocky Neck Art Colony and in 1980 they bought the Gallery in Rockport that is home to their artwork today. Donald won his first art prize when he was nine, and since has accumulated over 200 painting awards, including many Gold and Silver.

He has been featured in several national publications such as Yankee Magazine and American Artist Magazine. His work hangs in the Peabody Essex Museum, the State House and is featured in the Rockefeller collection. He is a member of many Art Associations and was President of the Rockport Art Association.

Donald often talked with joy about his blessed life of family, friends, travel and golf. It seems everywhere he went he knew someone, and if he didn't he soon would and they would be fast friends. He always knew what he wanted to do and that was to be an artist and paint this beautiful world the way he saw it. And he did. He always wanted to be a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother and Friend. And he was. He will paint a beautiful sky for Cosima every day now. He will be forever sorrowfully missed. "Being an artist is something that you have to do, or you can't do it" -Donald Allen Mosher.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 11, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA will be held on Sunday from 4 - 8 p.m. The burial will be held privately.

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