About the Artist


I have been interested in art as early as I can remember. I remember at age four getting into trouble for drawing on the walls with crayons. When I was twelve, my older sister Claudia encouraged me to attend an after school program at Rhode Island School of Design. It was my first time going to a museum and seeing original oil paintings up close. I was frozen in my tracks. I analyzed every brush stroke and color. I knew then that painting was in my veins.

I received a scholarship at the Rhode Island School of Design and completed my BFA in illustration.
After graduation I worked as a freelance illustrator and teacher. In 1996 I was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation. This creative community jump started my career as a painter. Since 2003, I have been painting and teaching workshops.

I mainly work in oils on figurative and landscape subjects. Because of my passion for plein air painting, I use a strong play of light and color to create drama. This impressionistic use of color and light set on my foundation of academic drawing builds a nice marriage between Impressionism and Realism.
I have become increasingly intrigued with catching the figure in natural moments. In my painting of my son Dean I was struck by a child’s fascination and peaceful innocence as he played with a green bucket in the water and sand oblivious of time. It is just this type of moment that I strive for in my figurative work. I have been doing commissions now for several years.
Whether I am doing landscape or figurative works I strive to capture the essence and the true beauty of the subject. I believe nature is our greatest teacher. My paintings are an invitation to the viewer to take part in the celebration of God’s creations.

  • Finalist International Artist Magazine/ Favorite Subject  April 2014
  • Second place Biennial National Fine Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda, Feb 2014
  • Ray Mar Fine Art Finalist Dec 2013
  • Third place  Faces & Figures National Exhibition 2013
  • Certificate of Excellence 2012 Portrait Society of America
  • Raymar Art Competition Finalist December 2010
  • Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence 2010
  • Raymar Art Competition Finalist April 2010
  • Certificate of Excellence 2009 Portrait Society of America
  • Certificate of Excellence 2008 Portrait Society of America
  • Oil painters of America 2007 Best of show
  • Artist magazine finalist 2007 Figurative works
  • International Artist April 2014
  • American Art Collector May 2012
  • Fine Art Studio On Line names Dominic Avant as an artist to watch in June 2010
  • International Artist, December 2009
  • The Artist, July/August 2007


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