"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 started combining his love of art and the outdoors when he was a young boy, sketching and painting the wooded environments of his youth. As he grew up, his love of art and his affection for nature grew with him. He found that both fulfilled a great need in his life and he structured his life around them. This led him to graduate from Montana State University with a degree in landscape design, where he became familiar with the form and habit of the local flora. 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-thought-about idea that became the art he creates today. Using natural elements, he tries to emulate the organic form of nature. The materials for each piece are collected locally and are thoroughly dried to insure the integrity of each piece for generations. Self-taught and still learning, David now creates beautiful works of art that capture the essence of nature and brings them indoors.
David and his wife, two children and two dogs live in Manhattan, Montana. He loves being outdoors; camping, fly-fishing, skiing and hiking. He and his family can often be found wandering the countryside, enjoying the outdoors and stirring up ideas for new creations.