Following a stint as a Navy SEAL he decided to return to art. After traveling around the west & getting inspired by it's history & art museums, he took art classes at various schools, but found the classical training he was looking for at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,California, where he graduated with honors in 1997. During that time Todd was fortunate enough to have studied with some of the best drawing & painting instructors on the west coast.
After Art Center, Todd worked at Universal Studios on their Japan theme park project painting color-boards of building facades and park attractions. When that project ended moved to Montana in 1999 and has been painting professionally ever since.
Todd has participated in numerous group shows around the western U.S. and had several one man shows since embarking on his career. He has participated in the CM Russell auction in Great Falls, Montana the past five years and is a member of Montana Painters Alliance.
Historical western narrative paintings, particularly nocturnal fireside and moonlight subjects, are what Todd is typically known for. He also does landscapes, cityscapes and charcoal figurative work.
Much of Todd's inspiration for his paintings come from traveling to the locations where the events in his paintings took place. Whether it's floating remote stretches of the Missouri River, going to mountain man rendezvous, tromping a city street or packing into the mountains, he is constantly on the lookout for good reference material and new ideas to put on canvas.