Hand-Carved Driftwood Sculptures by Debra Bernier

“While I walk in the forest, explore tide-pools or beach-comb I am in awe of Mother Nature’s creations,” says the artist in an interview for mymodernmet. Debra Bernier looks around her home for her inspiration and material to carve mythical sculptures. Evoking wonder with her hand-carved work she finds the whole process a healing practice. “I’m surrounded by colors, fascinating shapes, and intricate designs. Sometimes these natural sculptures were just created, like a spider’s web or the colors on a leaf. Other times, it took millions of years to form something I can hold in my hand, like a stone or a fossil. There is a sacred connection between us and the natural world that is unseen. I try to make this unity visible through my art. Many influences shape a piece of driftwood; weather, water, sand, bugs, rocks, even the moon and its effects on the tide play a part in its formation. When I work on a piece of wood in my studio, I think of this journey and how I can give it a final chapter as a work of art.”

Debra Bernier looks close to her home for driftwood to find her material and inspiration

“While I walk in the forest, explore tide-pools or beach-comb I am in awe of Mother Nature’s creations.”

“It took millions of years to form something that I can hold in my hand, like a stone or a fossil.”

“There is a sacred connection between us and the natural world that is unseen,

I try to make this unity visible through my art.”


You can visit artist’s Etsy shop

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