Dominique Fortin's work can be characterized as an unwavering exploration of human nature. Initially drawing from a modernist tradition, her work has evolved into a unique style that is dream-like, full of fantasy and romanticism, childlike innocence and raw emotions. Dominique Fortin suggests that her works, at one point, were a representation of reality, but as her artistic style has progressed, she finds herself captured within this ethereal world where the characters are not actors on a stage but rather the catalysts of unsolicited emotions.
She is inspired by the ideals of "optimistic perspectives and delightful aesthetics" as well as the constant redefinition of life. She is influenced by individuals that listen to their heart, those devoting themselves towards an ideal and that are true to themselves. Dominique Fortin has begun further introspection into her work stating: "my practice of yoga has deeply oriented my approach to life and inevitably my work". She continues to focus on the theme of childhood as she rediscovered this "lost paradise" through her own children. Fanciful, and imaginative, these paintings represent the second coming of Dominique Fortin’s youth.
Symbolism continues to be a key component of Dominique Fortin's work. Birds and butterflies are repeated throughout, serving as symbols of metamorphosis and the cyclical nature of life. In the artist's words: "they are the soul freed from its physical incarnation." Dominique Fortin has continuously focused on the reciprocity between humans and nature. This is strongly exhibited in her works where animals and humans are united. Dominique Fortin has found an artistic language that is unique; by adding text and various techniques such as gilding, image transfer and fabrics, each work is visually rich with layers of texture and puts forward multiple interpretations. These techniques and concepts allow Dominique Fortin to create pieces that not only echo her optimistic, romantic ideals but allow her to speak symbolically through her artwork.
Born in 1974 in Montreal, Dominique Fortin has a background in visual arts and jewelry. She exhibits her work internationally in solo and group exhibitions, and in the largest commercial fairs. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia.