"In Montana, nature defines art"
For hundreds of years, the wind and weather have shaped these Rocky Mountain juniper trees, twisting them gradually. I harvest these long-dead trees, strip and sand them to uncover the beautiful grain that lies beneath the rough exteriors. Nature does the hard work. I just reveal what is already there, shaping and sculpting each one by hand so these once vibrant trees can live again.
Tom Benedict moved to Montana 10 years ago after spending the previous two summers working in Yellowstone National Park. Now an artist, a love for exploring Montana's vast, wild places has made him a permanent resident. Tom specializes in sculptures/filmmakers