Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Houska earned a bachelor’s degree in art/visual communication from Illinois State University in 1987, and worked as a graphic designer in Chicago for a few years. He was pleasantly surprised to find that his own art was connecting with people, so he moved back to Springfield to work more on his paintings, gradually moving on to St. Louis Mo.
Besides his acrylic-on-canvas artworks, Houska paints murals and fiberglass sculptures, his art has appeared in a variety of forms, from credit cards to city buses. Major corporations, including Emerson Electric Co., St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Absolut Vodka, and Bergners Co., have commissioned Houska to create artwork for their specific needs. In addition, Houska now has a line of merchandise, which include t-shirts, greeting cards, magnets and more which can be ordered from his online SHOP.
Perhaps one of Houska’s favorite projects is his work with school-age children through a program he calls Houskaballoo, in which he collaborates with students on mural projects in their schools. Houska also involves himself with charitable organizations, especially those dealing with animals, such as PAWS, Stray Rescue and The Humane Society.