Domonique L. Kinney’s interest in art began as a young child in her native home, South Korea, where she drew inspiration from the long history and urban environment of Seoul. Many of her family members during her formative years in Korea were professional photographers who were active in the Dansaekhwa artistic movement in the late 1970s. Dansaekhwa – a contemplative minimalist abstract monochromatic style grew from the repressive dictatorial political regime at the time. After immigrating to the United States in 1984 with her family as an adolescent and settling in the Puget Sound region near Seattle, Domonique began the long arduous process of learning English and assimilating into a Western culture that differed greatly from her native culture. It was during this transitional period in her life that she began to sketch and experiment with art in order to find solace in her new homeland.
Domonique’s formal training in art began at Willamette University in Salem Oregon where she received a Bachelor degree in Music Performance and Music Therapy. Upon graduation, Domonique moved to San Diego and began her career as a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Later, with encouragement from her art collecting husband, she began painting and has received training from several accomplished artists in Southern California. She currently paints in her private studio in Poway, CA.
Domonique’s palette reflects a modern interpretation of masters such as Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and Gustave Moreau. She draws inspiration from the local environment and her works show influence from the California School.