Art is the magic of creating something tangible from thoughts, passions, and emotions, using color, line and forms to shape abstractions into an inspiration of visual expression. My art explores my travel experiences, adventures, observations, and emotions with the goal of communicating a passion for the beauty and richness of the world and a desire to live a positive expression of life.
Ellen Levine Dodd currently lives with her husband in Bel Marin Keyes and creates art full time in her studio in Downtown Novato, where she paints, prints and teaches art workshops. She was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Winthrop, a small New England beach town near Boston. She has been painting, doing photography, and printing since early childhood. She attended Clark University on an art scholarship and studied painting at the Worcester Art Museum school and photography at the Worcester Craft Center. During her junior year at Clark she took a year and traveled to Europe and the Middle East doing photography and studying cultural diversity. When she returned to the United States she attended Massachusetts College of Art studying photography and printmaking. After further travels she moved to California and graduated from Sonoma State University on the National Dean's List with a BA in Fine Art. and a double major in painting and photography. Those extensive travels inspired and fueled my art then and continue to do so to this day.
My work is mixed media mostly on wood panels. The under layers are often painted with acrylic and gesso, with graphite, colored pencils, Prismacolor, and wax art crayons. They are overpainted with oil and cold wax, oil glazes, oilsticks, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal and wax art crayons.