ROBERT M. DODGE
Bob was raised in the Chicago area. His father was a commercial
artist and weekend painter. His art education consisted primarily of watching
his father paint. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, which
taught him Korean at the Presidio of Monterey, California, and ultimately
sent him to Japan
for two years. Upon his discharge from the service, he returned to Chicago, where he developed computer applications in a bank for
22 years, during which time he met and married Margaret Bertrand.
It was only after he and Margaret made
their home together in Evanston,
Illinois, that Bob began
painting, and then only on evenings and weekends. In 1990, they moved to Oakland. Since then,
Bob has devoted full time to his art. He began with oils, doing mostly
landscapes reflecting his travels in Africa, China,
Sweden, Italy, Mexico,
In 2003, Bob and Margaret moved to Los
Bob has studied monotype techniques in
workshops with Glenn Brill at Kala in Berkeley, Tesia Blackburn at her
Hunter's Point studio in San
Francisco, and Jon Rife, also at Hunter's Point. He
and Margaret traveled and painted in Michoacan,
with Anthony Holdsworth. They have taken workshops in acrylic
abstract painting, and collage with Bob Burridge and Lynn Kishiyama, and encaustic with Lynn and with Eileen Goldenberg.
Bob's current work is mostly abstract. His work has been exhibited many times
in galleries up and down the Pacific coast and in Texas
and Illinois, and is held in private
collections from Nice, France to Tokyo, Japan.
is a member of the International Encaustic Artists (IEA), the Encaustic
Art Institute (EAI), the Morro Bay
Art Association (MBAA), Arts Obispo, the Los Osos Collective for the
Arts (LOCA), and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA), where
he participates in Central Coast Printmakers (CCP) and Oil, Pastel, and
Acrylics Group (OPAG).