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Biography

Childhood
Dorothia was raised with her six siblings in the foothills west of Boulder, Colorado.
Inheriting her artistic parent's fascination with art, flowers and nature,
she was encouraged to pursue and refine her skills as an artist.
Her mother believed in raising "free range" children, and allowed complete freedom to explore
the mountain behind the house. The discovery of a raven sitting on a ledge one day, became
a profound lesson for her and her sister. Thinking the raven was sick, they climbed out on the
rock ledge to "save" it. They carried it down the mountain. After their father looked at the raven,
he realized that it was dying of old age. The rock ledge, he explained, was the place that the
raven had chosen to die. The raven died before they were able to bring it back.
The lesson to respect nature's way was instilled at an early age.


When Dorothia and her siblings were not roaming the mountain, they drew pictures,
painted, made jewelry, sculpted, produced puppet shows, practiced music. scripted
and acted out plays and made up imaginary games. Each Saturday was "project day"
Her mother valued creative endeavors more than housework. Instead of cleaning
Saturday mornings (like most kids), they made art projects. Her father, a professor
of museum studies, allowed use of his workshop filled with tools for jewelry making,
sculpting, wood working and engraving. One of the Rohner children's favorite thing
to do was visit the museum with their father at night. They would roam the dark, empty
museum hallways peering in at the diaramas and stuffed animals. Countless hours of discovery
were spent rummaging through his desk drawer for old coins, plastic molds of trilobites,
and various things only museum people know about.

This unusual childhood influenced Dorothia and her siblings to seek uniqueness, enjoy family,
appreciate art and respect nature.

 


Education:

Boulder Valley Vocation Technical School, Boulder, Colorado - Drafting and Technical Illustration Certificate
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho -Drawing & Painting
University of Colorado, Boulder,Colorado- Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado- Graphic Design & Illustration
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa- B.A. Biological Pre-Medical Illustration- science emphasis in Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Entomology and Vertebrate Anatomy

 

Employment

Graphic Designer

Accu-Cut Systems-Fremont, Nebraska
Printwork for mailers, brochures, signs,and product promotional materials. Designed tradeshow booths and designed die cuts. Created craft and education projects.

Scientific Illustrator & Production Artist
Engineering Animation Inc.
Ames, Iowa. Interactive Department-Educational and Entertainment Multimedia Projects.

"Smithsonian Geology Kiosks" multimedia educational geology kiosks for museum visitors, Janet Annenberg-Hooker Hall of Geology ,Gems & Minerals, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, ( research, storyboards, illustration, 2-D animation, interface design)
"Dynamic Human" anatomy and physiology CD (college level), WCB Publishing, (research, storyboards, illustration & 2-D animations)
"Biology Bio-Disk" supplemental animations for Biology course (college level), Harper-Collins Publishing (research, storyboards, illustration & 3-D animations)
"Earth, Moon, Sun" 5th Grade Educational CD, Steck-Vaughn Publishing (production illustrations, research and content development, art lead and lead illustrator)
"Power-Up" antibiotic sales training CD, HMR, ( research and content development, storyboards, illustration and animation for Claforan CD)
"Effects of Serotonin on the Brain" psychology training video, Pfizer, (storyboards, illustration, diagrams, 2-D animations)
"Dognose Website and Poster Design" DARPA, (design concept for website and poster, website graphics, assisted programmers with simple html tasks)
"Barbie Magic Hairstyler" CD game for girls, Mattel Interactive, (member of the design team, interface design, storyboards, illustration, 2-D animation 'opening tableaux screen', texture map creation for 3-D models of the faces of the dolls Teresa and Kira).
"Clue: Fatal Illusion" CD game, Hasbro Interactive, (production art and sketches for new characters and scenes in the game)
"Animaniacs: A Giagantic Adventure" CD game, Southpeak Interactive, (level map sketch and background painting for scene showing Jurrasic Park)

Geologic Draftsperson
Morrison Knutson- Boise, Idaho
Created geologic maps, cross sections and graphs.

Patent Illustrator
IBM- Boulder, Colorado
 

Exhibitions
"Ilmoniain Midwest Juried Art Show" 1990, Quincy Art Center,Quincy Illinois,oil painting "Old World Nostalgia"
"Iowa Exhibited" 1991, Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa, oil painting, "Threshold"
"Asters in October" 1991, Iowa State University Memorial Union, solo exhibition of oil, pencil, watercolors and porcelain work.
"Picturing Natural History" 1995, Annual Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Exhibit, Ripley Center-Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, watercolor "Leopard Frog and American Toad"
"ANAC- Association of Nebraska Art Clubs" 2000, (selected for state wide, year long traveling show), airbrush and watercolor: "Swallowtails and Purple Cone Flowers"
2005, Annual Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Exhibit, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, Oregon-"Arctostaphylos uva-ursi" (Bearberry or Kinnikinnick)





Professional Organizations
Phi Beta Kappa
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators

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