Denis Mayer Jr
Canadian artist Denis Mayer Jr, has earned international acclaim for his unique style of wildlife painting that offers not only remarkably realistic representations but also images infused with energy, vitality and warmth.
A native of Québec City, Denis knew from childhood that he would be an artist. He initially worked with his father, a commercial sign painter. This training served as a foundation as he privately explored drawing in charcoal, bringing his talent for capturing detail to depictions of both still lifes and built structures. He then worked for many years creating accurate and appealing architectural renderings as well as commercial illustrations for advertising.
A dedicated conservationist and member of the international organization, Artists for Conservation, Denis has contributed to fundraising for organizations that include World Wildlife Federation Canada, Québec Wildlife Federation, and the Art of Nature. His work was selected for the Art Portfolio through Ducks Unlimited in 2007-2015.
Denis lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and three children and loves to walk the area’s woodland trails with his kids. Having a huge passion for classical music he is also known as a Dramatic Tenor and has performed in major venues for various events.
Having achieved success as a master illustrator, Denis looked for and found his greatest challenge and passion – wildlife painting. Denis now works exclusively as a wildlife artist, using mixed media and limited colours that reflect what he sees as the natural palette.
The client can decide on the subject matter in relation to the animal(s) required as the main subject(s) and can discuss with Denis what kind of setting would be preferred and from that Denis will create a rough-up/montage which he feels is appropriate and with which he is comfortable for presentation to the client. Both parties can then discuss any changes required and hopefully come to an agreement. Since Denis’s name will be on the finished product, he retains the right to disagree with suggestions that in his view will spoil the picture and reduce its value both aesthetically and monetarily.
Once the two parties reach an agreement on the presentation in general terms, a deposit will be required before the work can proceed. The timeline to completion will be very approximate since Denis will take whatever time he feels is necessary to produce a work of art with which he is completely satisfied. As the work progresses he will make any changes he feels necessary to portray the work in the best possible light and so the client must agree to give Denis the artistic licence he needs since he is the expert in these things and that is why his work is in great demand.
In no way must he feel pressured to complete the work within a set period of time, because pressure would spoil the whole experience and result in an inferior work that Denis would rather destroy than release. Depending on the size and composition of the work, it can take from six months to a year to complete but when it is, you the client have in your possession a true work of art that others will envy.
Upon completion of the work, Denis will present it to the client and at that time get a signed release from the client along with the remainder of the monies owed. The release form will include an acknowledgement that the copyright is retained by Denis and therefore the client cannot copy/reproduce the work in any form by any means whereas Denis can. The original will belong entirely to the client and Denis will no longer have any claim on it. The client may at his/her discretion lend the original for exhibition purposes if so asked.