Debra Bernier is a Canadian artist who uses driftwood to create some of the most unique and intriguing sculptures you’ll see out there. Her works are inspired by nature and look like fantasy creatures that you see in movies or cartoons.
Bernier collects driftwood near her home in Victoria and then studies the shape and form of each piece in order to determine in which direction she wants to go.
“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,” Bernier says about her creative process.
This talented artist uses other natural materials to complement her sculptures and achieve her vision including clay, stones, and shells.
“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.” – she adds.
Check out some of these impressive works below.