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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. Michele currently enjoys telling encouraging stories through her digital paintings of people and animals in colorful landscapes and environments.

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 a book about a llama and enjoyed it so much this led to her work with Carolyn Franks in 2017, illustrating Gillie the Guinea Pig. This book will be released 2018 at Zoomars petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano.


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

2016 - Illustrated a book about a llama. Painting murals and large backdrops for Rio Vista Elementary of The Lion King.

2012 - 2016: Adopted and taking care of our daughter, Olivia Dodds. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 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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