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
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.
Valley Vocation Technical School, Boulder, Colorado
- Drafting and Technical Illustration Certificate
State University, Boise, Idaho -Drawing & Painting
University of Colorado, Boulder,Colorado- Drawing,
Painting & Printmaking
State University, Fort Collins, Colorado- Graphic
Design & Illustration
State University, Ames, Iowa- B.A. Biological Pre-Medical
Illustration- science emphasis in Botany, Plant
Taxonomy, Entomology and Vertebrate Anatomy
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.
Illustrator & Production Artist
Engineering Animation Inc.
Iowa. Interactive Department-Educational and Entertainment
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)
Human" anatomy and physiology CD (college level),
WCB Publishing, (research, storyboards, illustration
& 2-D animations)
Bio-Disk" supplemental animations for Biology
course (college level), Harper-Collins Publishing
(research, storyboards, illustration & 3-D animations)
Moon, Sun" 5th Grade Educational CD, Steck-Vaughn
Publishing (production illustrations, research and
content development, art lead and lead illustrator)
antibiotic sales training CD, HMR, ( research and
content development, storyboards, illustration and
animation for Claforan CD)
of Serotonin on the Brain" psychology training
video, Pfizer, (storyboards,
illustration, diagrams, 2-D animations)
Website and Poster Design"
DARPA, (design concept for website and poster,
website graphics, assisted programmers with simple
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).
Fatal Illusion" CD game, Hasbro Interactive,
(production art and sketches for new characters and
scenes in the game)
A Giagantic Adventure" CD game, Southpeak Interactive,
(level map sketch and background painting for scene
showing Jurrasic Park)
Morrison Knutson- Boise, Idaho
Created geologic maps, cross sections and graphs.
IBM- Boulder, Colorado
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)
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators
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