I was raised in Canfield Ohio by my parents John and Stephanie.
My mother Stephanie Althouse always encouraged me to persue my interest in the arts.
As she owned a ceramic shop, "The House of Ceramics - Youngstown, OH",
I grew up around decorative painting on porcelain and china as a result of my mothers influence.
At the age of 12 I received private art lessons with a local noted artist Cheri Mohn of Cheri
Mohn Studios, North Lima, OH.
I was educated in Scratch board, Watercolors, Oils and Acrylics. and many other techniques.
I had the opportunity to work with many different medias.
While I was a sophomore in high school I toured our local commercial arts program at the Mahoning
County Joint Vocational School.
Seeing an opportunity to enhance my artistic abilities, I decided to enroll and spend my last
two years of high school focusing on the specialized training they offered.
I was educated in ad layout and design and illustration. I took an active interest in floral
and fashion illustration. I had several pieces entered into sholastics art programs. I was also offered outside client projects
and worked with my other team mates on many special assignments including window painting for local businesses for holiday
After completing my two years I received the Award of Distinction for the Commercial
After taking only a few months off I decided to persue the Fashion
Illustration program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.I concentrated my Portfolio towards the Greeting Card Industry.
Upon graduation I was employed by Robin Woods Dolls Inc. also designed home decorative
items on a freelance basis.
While working for a local wireless communications company I
painted and illustrated seasonal windows at their 12 retail store locations.
I was approached by a customer of a store while painting a window mural to
paint a mural at her home, I agreed...
I really enjoyed the experience.
I began to build a customer base of friends and relatives.
After some time I decided to persue painting part time.
About one year after the passing of my mother, my greatest inspiration, I decided to persue
a full time career as a Decorative Mural Artist, following in her footsteps.
To date I have enriched hundreds of homes and businesses with one of a kind creations,
see gallery pages and then contact me directly...