Natural Wood

Exhibit by David Lustig

Mixed-media artist David Lustig has quite literally come back to his roots. When still a young boy he discovered a love of nature and art as he played in, and sketched the woods, around him. He attended Montana State University and graduated with a degree in landscape design, which gave him both the language and the skills to work with the local flora.

Weaver Room Gallery
September 7 – November 25, 2018

Artist Statement

He tried his hand at many different types of art media over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that he attempted a long-pondered idea that became the art he creates today.

Using natural elements like roots, twigs and branches, Lustig emulates the organic forms found in nature. The materials for each piece are sustainably collected and then carefully manipulated into simple yet elegant forms. In one piece, gnarled roots intertwine to form the branches of a tree, and in another willow twigs in shades of red and yellow recreate the deceptively simple interplay of color and texture found along a creek bank. His work is on display through June.

“Getting outside is good for the soul. Through my artwork, I try to bring the outside in. Using a variety of natural media, I attempt to capture a memory of nature and to recall its beauty and tranquility. I feel very lucky to be able to create art using nature’s palette, and that it allows my family to get out and explore the rivers and forests of Montana.” – David Lustig