|Ted Greathouse class of 1952
Biography from the artist.
I was born in September of 1932 in the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains in
Maryland. I attended a one room school until moving to Akron, Ohio in 1942. I
began drawing when I was 7 years old. My mother told me to always remember
that God had blessed me with this talent.
At 14 I learned to paint signs while working for an Akron sign company. Then at
18 years old I opened my own sign shop in the basement of a five and ten cent store and was
well known for making hand painted Christmas displays to decorate local shopping centers.
Later, employed by General Tire And Rubber Co. as the head of the art department, I did
company art and design as well as employee portraits, and company cartoons. On the side I
enjoyed painting oil landscapes and dabbling in cartoons.
In 1960 I met Norman Rockwell and had the opportunity to show him some of my
work. At that time he was involved in running an art school and most enthusiastically
encouraged me to "just keep doing what you're doing!"
In 1974 my wife and I moved to Delray Beach, Fla. There, I opened and operated
Rainbow Sign Co. for 26 years. In 2000 we moved to Tennessee and retired, where
I keep busy drawing civil war battles.
I have always had a strong interest in the civil war era, as my grandfather had been
a soldier in the civil war. Drawing and painting has always been my life.