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Michele (Wood) Dodds graduated with an M.F.A. from Illinois State University in 1995 and has a background as an Art Director, digital artist, animator and illustrator.

Her M.F.A. work dealt primarily with minimal shapes, architectural forms and interacting colors. In 2003 she began painting organic shapes, nature, plants and whimsical landscapes. In addition to these she currently studies animals and people. Michele uses the expressions and emotions of the subjects to tell stories, illustrating or painting them onto a surface or making digital paintings.

Her art reflects her passion for beauty and desire to move people to a higher ground and ultimately hopes to encourage the viewer to connect with the creator of this beautiful, colorful world.

In 2016 Michele illustrated, Lawrence the Christmas Llama by author Colleen Coombs. Currently on iBooks: Lawrence the Christmas Llama. Currently she is illustrating Gillie the Guinea Pig for Zoomars petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano, as well as creating a series of digital images of rather odd relationships between her daughter Olivia and oversized domestic cats.


Currently writing and illustrating children's books. Painting. Digital Storyteller.

2016 - Illustrated Lawrence the Christmas Llama available as an iBook. Murals and volunteer large play backdrops/paintings for Rio Vista Elementary of The Lion King.

2012 - 2016: Adopted and taking care of our daughter, Olivia Dodds. Volunteer work for painting large play backdrops and personal paintings.

Jan 2007 - 2012: Drafting, Web Designer, Graphics, Independent Contractor for Architectural Cathode Lighting, Huntington Park, CA

Spring 2008 - Teaching - Adjunct Faculty at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa CA, Teaching Drawing and Painting

May 2003-Dec 2006: Freelance Painter, Motion Graphics and FCP Editor:

Projects: Motion Graphics for companies such as, Architectural Cathode Lighting and Taco Bell for The Dreaming Tree, editing for Magellan Media, Pardee Homes - Extreme Makeover Home Edition documentary and Editing Systems Inc., DVD menu's.

November 1998-April 2003: Digital Storyteller, Motion Graphics, 3D, Video Editing, Narratus, Fullerton, CA:

Over 4 years experience in digital story telling, editing, still and motion graphics. Created 3D animations, web sites, DVDs, interactive CD ROMs and performance visuals for speakers and musicians.

1991-1995: Teaching Assistance in Fiber Art. while working on my M.F.A degree, as well as one semester teaching Art to non-art majors at Illinois State University.


1998 Adobe After Effects - California State Long Beach
1998 Photoshop - American Film Institute, Hollywood, CA
1995 M.F.A. in Textiles, Printmaking, Wood - Illinois State University
1993 M.S. in Art - Illinois State University
1991 B.S. in Art - Illinois State University
1989 Art Foundational Classes - University of Illinois
1983 B.A. Lincoln Christian College

Cell Phone: (714) 686-8625
Home Phone: (714) 871-5528

Location: Fullerton, California, USA

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