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  1. 1. 09.11.16 03:46 PM
  2. 2. 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' faces." 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 with others."
  3. 3. 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 world. 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.