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Dominique Therrien, known by the pseudonym DoT, is a self-taught painter and trained actress from Longueuil, in the modest neighborhood of Côteau Rouge. Her childhood, cradled in a warm and stimulating family atmosphere, was marked by her mother’s encouragement to cultivate her imagination through drawing and painting. This early artistic education planted the seeds of her passion for all forms of art. DoT ventured into experimenting with oil painting before discovering the joys and flexibility of acrylic paint. This medium, with its quick drying time, perfectly matches her impulsive and passionate temperament, allowing her to freely express her artistic visions without temporal constraints.


Her studies in theater profoundly enriched her journey, providing her with a field for exploring human emotions through the embodiment of diverse and complex characters. This immersion in the dramatic world feeds her painting, infusing it with a theatrical, colorful, and deeply human dimension, characterized by figures with closed eyes, as if suspended in a rich and poetic inner world. As the founder of a children’s theater company in 2002, she dedicates a part of her home to artistic creation, a space where painting, puppet making, and set design coexist. The pandemic marks a decisive turning point in her life: the suspended time becomes an opportunity for full dedication to painting. She experiments, innovates, and asserts her style in the depiction of characters in search of serenity and inner connection, a quest that is also her own.


Her first solo exhibition, titled “Retour en soi” (Return to Self), took place in December 2022 at the Raymond Lévesque Library in Longueuil, marking the beginning of a series of participations in contests and virtual exhibitions, crowned with success and recognition.


Inspired by the giants of painting such as Marc Chagall and Gustav Klimt, she draws from their universe to enrich her own, oscillating between poetic realism and bold abstractions. Her recent works, influenced by Cubism and particularly by Piet Mondrian, testify to her constant evolution and tireless quest for new artistic expressions.

For DoT, art is a bridge to the soul, an invitation to explore and share the most intimate inner universes. Her vision, both tender and bold, makes her a unique voice in the contemporary artistic landscape, a window open to the infinity of human experience.



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