Who are we?

Back to Dust Studios is an independent artist studio created by Donald Arthurs as a platform to showcase many different facets of artistic expression.  Just beyond the shadow of the old steel city Youngstown, is the picturesque town of Columbiana where small shops and eateries adorn the Main Street.  Our studio space is located on the square in the center of town in a beautiful performing arts theatre that Donald and his wife renovated in 2007. The atmosphere is always buzzing with creativity and allows one to get lost in their imagination.  Prior to the formation of Back to Dust Studios, Donald co-founded and operated the software engineering department at a successful Audience Response Software company for nearly a decade.  As an artist, developer, musician, and photographer, it was only a matter of time before he decided to bring all of his passions together under one roof.


What is our vision?

Back to Dust Studios’ vision is to provide inspiration through the many forms of artistic expression.


Where did the name come from?

Nearly a decade before the founding of the company, Donald was reading a Psalm credited to a man who was involved in one of the most epic stories ever told.  This man’s name was Moses.  While praying to God in Psalms 90:3, Moses states “You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”  That was such powerful and yet humbling statement to Donald.  From dust God created His greatest work of art, humanity, and one day back to dust we shall return.  At the time he didn’t know why he felt the strong urge to reserve the “back to dust” domain, but nearly a decade later it all became clear.