Dominic’s work is a fusion of realism and impressionism.  Each painting shows a strong sense of light, vivid color, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content.  He strives to evoke in his viewers the same emotions that compel him to paint from the first brushstroke.

Dominic has won numerous national awards including Best of Show at Eastern Regional Oil Painter’s of America 2007, The Artist’s Magazine 2014 Wild Life 2nd place, The International Artist Magazine 2014 Finalist in Favorite Subjects, Finalist in Raymar Fine Art Competition 2014 and Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition 2015.

Dominic Avant received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Upon completion at RISD he worked as a free-lance illustrator and teacher. In 1996 he was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on films such as Mulan, Tarzan, Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear and numerous shorts as an animation artist.  This creative community introduced him to plein air painting, shortly after he began showing in galleries. His passion for painting plein air has grown to include studio works and remarkable portraiture that catches a person as they are in their real world.

Today, Dominic is represented by several galleries, teaches at Ringling College of Art & Design as well as his own painting workshops. He resides in Bradenton Florida with his wife and two sons.