Born in 1944 in the LA suburb of Torrance, an only child with many creative talents, David Ludwig discovered his creative gifts and began drawing and painting in elementary school. He enjoyed playing music from an early age and began studying the piano at age 8, clarinet at 12, and guitar 17. As an Eagle Scout, he followed his fascination with Native American culture through a branch of scouting called the Order of the Arrow, where he studied Native American dance and ceremony. and later at 17, he became proficient in contemporary social dancing. While a senior in high school, an intuitive art teacher pointed David in the direction of architecture as a career, and after that the four creative centers of architecture, art, music and dance were his primary interests.