Art with driftwood Artist Heather Jansch Helga design
Artist Heather Jansch has a lifelong passion for horses which has found a unique form of expression. Trained as a painter and sculptor, she started using driftwood in her sculptures when she ran out of the material that she had been using wire and saw a piece of wood in the shape of a horse’s torso. Miss Jansch, who is based in the Devon hamlet of Olchard, near Newton Abbot, made the step from painting to sculpture in the 1970s. 'One day my son could not find any kindling to light the woodburner and had chopped up a piece of ivy that had grown round a fencing stake,' she says. 'He had left behind a short section that I immediately saw as a horse's torso. 'The next question was where could I find more or similar shapes. The answer was, of course, driftwood.'