Artist Statement

My artwork is motivated by golden light, separated into a myriad of colors. My paintings are a harmony between prismatic, bright, contemporary colors, and geometric abstraction. Patterns, shapes and color are juxtaposed and embodied with the natural and the synthetic, in actual forms such as sculptures or as 2 and 3-Dimensional paintings.

My philosophy involves creating works that express growth, meditation, contemplation, luminescence, transformation, and repetition amongst infinite variety. When I create, I think of the beautiful things of the world of which I am so attracted, and desire to consume. The constant pull of consumerism is satiated by the incessant drive of creation and growth. I create instead of consume. These paintings strive to create a new awareness and hope for our environment.

How I Started Painting

As a kid, my parents encouraged me to be creative by giving me art supplies for Christmas, starting around age 7. I remember waking up one delightful Christmas morning to find a huge present wrapped in shiny paper, unfolding to reveal one of the most exciting things in life: a blank white canvas- the embodiment of potential. Paired with this gift were acrylic paints and brushes. My mom fixed me up in the garage, and in the cool Bay Area mornings, I painted with my German Shepherd, Steely, by my side. I experimented with Ultraviolet, Ultramarine Blue, Mars Black, and Titanium White, and I walked away with a storm-tossed, turbulent ocean. I could tell that when I blended colors just so, it was like the impressionist paintings I had seen at the SF MOMA, but I didn’t have the vocabulary or skills yet to articulate my thoughts or actions, I simply felt it. I knew in my heart it felt good, and that it was good. The painting had movement, color, and drama. My parents still have this painting, and when I look back at my life, owe them a whole lot. They raised me up around art and are artists themselves. In fact, check out my Dad.
During my teen years, I was in trouble a lot for fighting with my sister, with whom I have a great relationship now. 🙂 As I endured lengthy periods of groundation, I spent dozens of weekends alone in my room, painting. Although this was pure torture for a teen to be socially isolated, I am actually thankful for this time I spent honing my craft and becoming a skilled painter. I can remember one Friday night, in a totally furious rage of emotion, I took out all of my anger and sadness on the walls of my room. I started painting beautifully with my acrylics and didn’t stop until I had another storm-tossed ocean climbing halfway up my bedroom wall. To my Mom’s credit, she walked in to check on me, around 9pm and saw what I had been up to. She looked at the turbulent, blue-green wall, then looked at me and giggled, and simply walked out. I guess you choose your battles when you have five kids, including two raging teenagers, and was probably just thankful I wasn’t harming myself or getting high. The mural stayed. I was healed. I painted my first mural at 13.
My parents have encouraged me to follow my dreams as an artist since day one, and have supported me throughout every point of my career. Thank you Mary Clare and Tomás!


Dominique Kongsli, (DOMKO) is a professional artist and teacher, and teaches art at the Boys and Girls Club of Bend. Dominique believes that Art can provide meaning and richness to one’s life, and an avenue in which to express one’s voice, heart, and mind. Dominique strives to incorporate her values of thoughtfulness, beauty, and discovery, into her fine art. Dominique graduated from Pepperdine University (‘09) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University (‘13) in Studio Art. Dominique Kongsli resides in Bend with her amazing husband Eric and furry, Beagle-son, Jackson.

Phone: (541) 749-0168

Email:   Dominique@domkofineart.com


8 thoughts on “About DOMKO

  1. garedluquet says:

    hey mama! lets be blogscroll buddies..if i can ever figure it out! Site looks good, cant wait to see all the new pix on it! yay we are official now!

  2. Oscar says:

    Hey Dominique, I met you last saturday at LACMA, remember the security officer, and that big piece of art work, yeah that is me, I must admitt, you have an amazing website full of info about your art, your description about deovalle is amazing and it telling me and the reader how much you love art, wow, your art is beautiful, I just wondering if you can upload some more pix 2 of your art here in your website, thank you 4 such a great artistic invitation, is an honor 2 meet you Dominique, dont give up, this world has a problem and needs color, your art is the solution, cause art is the color of the world.

  3. garedluquet says:

    My paintings are a byproduct of invention and exploration, and form themselves on Canvas out of the ideas and information I have gathered from life: the experiences of people I meet, nature I see, and the colors which I am so attracted to.

    this could be the best..”my art is about” i have ever heard!

  4. Liam says:


    this is fantastic stuff you are doing…congrats…I’m just getting started myself…planning on taking classes soon…want to work full time in the art field…gallery, teaching and doing i guess…I work full time for the government but that will change as i really want to work in the art world and it doesn’t leave nearly enough time to think and paint…

    I’m trying to figure out what I want to say with my art…hoping studies will help me with that…for now i experiment with ideas as i find inspiration from others work.

    whereabouts are you located? I’m in Victoria BC.


  5. Marie Lawrence says:


    I am so happy that I “stumbled” upon your work! It is exciting and so beautiful!

    What kind of wax do you use in your work? I would like to experiment with it in my acrylic paintings. Thanks.

  6. Julie Orr says:

    Dominique, I’ve never seen your older paintings and sculptures-they are fabulous! It is fun to see how you’ve progressed since then. You’re a true talent and I’m happy to have you as my studio buddy:)

  7. Robbieana Leung says:

    Dom! 😉 Your work is beautiful, as always. I’ve been fortunate to see many of your paintings at Pepperdine, and am thankful to get a glimpse into your installations! I find it inspiring that your style is so diverse, always evolving; it mimics life itself! I like that you’ve found pockets of beauty around the world and created something lovely out of your collection to share with us. Even though your art speaks for itself, how I’d love to pick your brain to see the thoughts behind your creations! There’s so much depth to everything you make. Thanks for staying true to your passion…it really is a gift to both the eyes and spirit.

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