Debra Bernier is an extraordinary artist from Victoria, Canada. She uses
natural materials, such as driftwood, clay, and shells to create
mesmerising sculptures. These intricate pieces represent the spirits of
nature as human fusing together with the natural material. "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"
Debra told Bored Panda. "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'
Show Full TextThe sculptor is inspired by her love for what is most sacred
in the world - children, animals, nature. "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," she says.
Debra was in love with the beach and nature from childhood and she is
still happy and thankful that she is able to share this love and her art with
people. "The little girl in me is still fascinated by the shapes in wood, the
sun sparkling on the water, smooth, grey stones, and salty seaweed.
Simplicity brings me more happiness than complexity. I hope to share this
Artist Debra Bernier refers to her exquisite figurative artwork as “spirit
sculptures” that emerge from chunks of carved driftwood. Working with
distressed barks and fragments of trees, she tames the rough materials
into pieces that are smooth and graceful with colorful pink and blue
accents. Though they have delicate human faces, their bodies often fuse
with elements of nature—such as seashells and brambles—as well as
fantastical characteristics like angel wings.
“Each piece of driftwood holds a story,” Bernier writes on Etsy. As she
carves the material away, she “reveals” the character and their story. The
wood is drastically altered, but she still maintains some of its organic
shape by conforming a figure to the swooping curves or blunt branches.
In this way, her art represents a true collaboration with the natural
Bernier Debra (Debra Bernier) for many years creates beautiful
sculptures made of wood, using as a material old driftwood. Debra sure
snags have their own history, so interesting to work with them, and the
result is a solid. The sculptor's collection of more than several hundreds
of works, each of which is individual.