Born in Montreal – daughter of renowned abstract expressionist Jean McEwen – Dominique painted her first oil paintings when she was five years old. She painted part time during her career as an architect, beginning with abstraction, and later also working on portraiture. In 2004, one of her portraits won an award from the Ottawa Art Association at the 85thAnniversary Exhibition held at the National Gallery of Canada. She recently studied landscapes under the guidance of realist painter Katherine McNenly.
In 2016, Dominique’s art turned to images of the shoreline, influenced by her visits to Maine and Cape Breton. In the summer of 2018, Wallack Galleries presented paintings of views from Port Hood beach where she now spends her summers. Some were figurative and some were abstracts. Dominique captures the image of the landscapes she sees and later paints her vision.
Dominique paints intuitively, with energy and feelings. Simon Blais (Simon Blais Gallery in Montreal) who recently purchased one of her paintings, describes her as an expressionist painter. Dominique also refers to herself as a colourist.