Bert Dodson received his BS in Graphic Arts in Arizona State University (1960). After serving as a naval officer aboard the USS Constellation (1961-1964) he joined the staff of the Famous Artist's School in Westport Ct. (1965-1970) where he helped develop The Artist's Course for Talented Young People. He began his career in freelance illustration (1970 to present) by moving to Europe for a year of painting and drawing. Back in Westport he co-founded a graphic arts and film company, Creative Partners, serving as president (1972-1975). He taught illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City (1976-1977). He wrote and illustrated Keys to Drawing (North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985), currently in its 3rd printing and separately published in six foreign language editions.
In 1982 he created the political comic strip Nuke ; which ran in 15 newspapers and was included in the collection, America's Best Political Cartoonists (Mother Jones Magazine, 1987). The strip was published in book form as Nuke; A Book of Cartoons (McFarland and Company, Jeffersonville, NC, 1988), and Nuke II; Another Book of Cartoons (1990).
He co-authored The Way Life Works, (Times Books / Random House, 1995) with noted biologist Mahlon Hoagland.
He has illustrated over 60 children's books.
He designed the animation sequences for a forthcoming, four part PBS special on microbes, (Intimate Strangers), and is co-author of the accompanying book. He is currently developing another drawing book, Drawing and Imagination.
He lives in West Fairlee, Vermont and works in his Bradford, Vermont studio.
Phone: (802) 222-5403