Lauren Gustafson began her journey in the rolling green forests of New York’s Hudson Valley, residing in Florida and Texas before recently coming to rest in Batesville, Arkansas. Growing up, there was always some form of a workshop that her father encouraged her to tinker in. That’s where her artistic talents were first inspired.
Lauren pursued many creative outlets through the years and received a B.S. degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida. While she has long made a living working in the realm of digital art production, it’s the enchanting allure of working with wood that still speaks to her soul.
“Wood is always alive, moving and breathing, even years after it’s been worked,” she remarks. “And when I hold something made of it, I can still feel that life coursing through the piece, both its past and its future.”
Lauren recently spent three years with the Dallas Area Woodturners, learning from a host of mentors there and able to donate many of her works to charity projects in the DFW area. In addition to traditional woodworking creations, she also has a passion for conjoining the old with the new, exploring new ways to express herself in this most ancient of materials in the 21st century.