Dominique Mattozzi is an artist and teacher from New York City, currently living in Maine. She grew up in a family of artists and started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. When she was just 9 years old she enrolled in the Art Students League of New York and studied with cartoonist Hilda Terry, where her love of line work and portraiture truly began. She then attended the New York City Museum School, which allowed her to study behind the scenes at museums across the city. This broadened her horizons to all facets of art. At this time, she was also introduced to photography by a family friend, photographer Sam Shaw. Her passion motivated her to take a college photography course at the School of Visual Arts while she was still in high school. Dominique went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography at the University of Southern Maine. In 2005, she received the U.S.M. Department of Photography Award for Excellence. Upon completing college, she moved back to New York City to pursue her art and photography. She then worked with celebrity portrait photographer Martin Schoeller before deciding to go back to school for teaching. Dominique went on to earn a Masters of Science in Teaching degree from Fordham University. Since moving back to Maine, she has rediscovered her first love of drawing and painting. Her work is inspired by the world around her, people, architecture, fashion and everyday objects. Dominique works mainly in watercolor, ink and gouache. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple shows and galleries throughout Maine.