Florida artist Dominic Avant received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Upon completion of his studies at RISD, he began work as a free-lance illustrator and teacher. Then, in 1996, Avant was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation, and worked on films such as Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and numerous shorts. The creative community at Disney introduced him to plein air painting, and Avant found himself enamored by the representation of light on the canvas. Soon thereafter, he began showing in galleries.
Avant has won numerous national awards from The Artist's Magazine, Arts for the Parks, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painter's of America Eastern Regional, where he took Best of Show.
Today, Avant resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife and two sons, and splits his creative time between fine art painting, and teaching at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
"Life is my inspiration," says Avant. "And the ability to paint and capture these moments on canvas is what really moves me. 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."
Please visit Avant's website, www.dominicavant.com, to see more of his artwork.