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Meet Dominique Ashanti Johnson (Dom)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Ashanti Johnson (Dom).

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am emotion. I’ve always been. I am the epitome of light in the darkest of places.
I’ve always had a misconception with love.
That is my narrative.
I’ve always tried to mold myself into this form that chased approval, losing sight of my own truth.
I was confused on what it meant to know and accept oneself, to indulge in self-love.
I was a constant love tank for others, pouring out, again and again, but a deprived starvation with myself.
I placed myself into the seats of discomfort for the sake of others constantly, who wouldn’t have even stood up for me if my feet were tired.
I’ve forgotten, time and time again, who I was but yet loved anyway.

I then realized that love is sweetest when you know it first. When you know it in your own being.
When you create it within yourself. When you love yourself, you allow yourself space and patience to accept what the universe has planned for your life.
You allow yourself room for mistakes and growth.
You allow outer love to enter crudely.
You quit worrying. you quit trying to be in control.
You give permission to your most amazing self, to absolutely, just be.
And with that, you give others permission to do the same.
I am a light.
One moment flowing into the next, focusing on the now.
Here I am.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a storyteller.
I paint mostly, with acrylics and I sketch with markers, pens, and pencils.

I enjoy the views of the female nude anatomy as well as female portraiture.
I sometimes paint erotic pieces as well.
I’m also a doodler, and usually, do more small drawings that become something larger.
I am a developer of what I am, over and over, in different forms: a woman.

I am a muse. My photography collective is exemplary to how I am truly feeling inside. I enjoy being photographed and I am vibrancy and color. I enjoy documenting meaningful moments and watching them come to life according to my own style.

I am a writer. You can usually find my poetry underneath the captions of my photos.

I’m also an actor.

I don’t know what you should know about my artwork.
I try not to limit myself.
I won’t limit you.
You feel what you feel.
I want you to move closer to your understanding of your inner world.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
What is success?
I don’t care for the word.
Success is a constant daily illusion.

We all wake up every day doing what we all can to make better lives for ourselves.
How can I say that my success is better than yours or that my effort beats yours by 10%?
There’s nothing more essential than moving forward. which we all do, every second of the day.
We are all accomplishing something. We are all moving towards our greater purpose.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can view my in-progress photography collective on my Instagram page | @dominiqueashanti.

I’m more active in my stories but will be posting more work soon.

Contact Info:

  • Email:
  • Instagram: @dominiqueashanti

Image Credit:
Corteze Townsend

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1 Comment

  1. Hope Lumpkins

    January 11, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Do you give titles to your pieces? I love the vibrant colors and the African American features. Nicely done!

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