Michael Dodson: Levitate West

Artist Statement:

These paintings and prints are a depiction of a realm just outside our own where the network of desert flora throughout Southern Nevada interact in a way that aligns with the neural connections of the human brain. This ancient floral language is the underlying pulse of the artwork. It is my hope that these artworks provide the viewer with the experience of an altered state of consciousness: a feeling of levitating through space, time and the Southwest Desert.



Born and raised in Las Vegas, Michael Dodson uses the desert and the surrounding mountains filled with otherworldly flora as his muse. The mountains are a refuge to gain inspiration, and through long hours trail running all forms of cacti and wildlife combine into a neural soup of experience which are later transferred to canvas.

After receiving his Masters in Contemporary and Modern Art History in New York, Dodson returned to the valley in 2016 and served as the Artist-in-Residence at Opportunity Village’s New Opportunities for Visionary Arts (NOVA) initiative teaching classes to the learning disabled and at the Rogers Foundation. There, Dodson taught art classes to at-risk youth through the Foundation CORE Academy. The Rogers Foundation first introduced Dodson’s artwork to a large-scale format which eventually stemmed to more opportunities throughout the valley and a partnership with The Fashion Show, Las Vegas.

Dodson is currently living and working on artwork in Las Vegas.

On exhibit at West Charleston Library from May 9 through July 23, 2023

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM