Todd is a 1977 graduate of Bismarck High School and a Bismarck High School Hall of Fame inductee. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of North Dakota with a minor in medicine. In 1983, Todd achieved the equivalence of the Association of Medical Illustrator's M.A. degree in Medical Illustrations, thus achieving prestigious active-member status through the AMI and University of Georgia. Todd rapidly began his ascent into world of art, design and business.
Todd has illustrated and been published in many medical books; as well has earned national acclaim for his fine art. He has won the North Dakota Furbearer Stamp and placed in the top 20 on five occasions in the prestigious US Federal Duck Stamp competition. From 1993-1996, he was a contract artist for Bradford Exchange.He was chosen to produce cards commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the national Zoo in Washington, D.C.. Todd was awarded the Print of the Year by the Boy Scout National Council.