Victoria, Canada-based artist Debra Bernier transforms driftwoods and others found elements of nature, such as shells, corals, feathers, crystals, and stones, into stunning sculptures of mystical beings.
When I work with driftwood, I never start with a blank canvas. Each piece of driftwood is already a sculpture, created by the caresses of the waves and wind. The wood tells a story and I try to think of its journey as I hold it in my hand. I extend or shorten the curves and contours that already exist into familiar shapes of animals or peoples’ faces. The finished pieces are a reflection of not only my life, my family, and children, but of an eternal, sacred connection we all share with nature.Debra Bernier