Stunning Driftwood into Fantastical Sculptures That Look like Spirits of Nature

Canadian artist Debra Bernier, the grooves, pits, and breaks in a piece of driftwood are tiny works of art, created by nature, and they’re inspirational jumping-off points for her earthy, magical artwork.

She adds to the driftwood pieces by carving in images of human and animal forms, creating sculptures that have a mystical, timeless quality. Inspired by nature, animals, and her children, Bernier’s work is a celebration of the natural world and humans’ relationship to it.

“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 shares. “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.”


“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.










Both original artwork, as well as prints, are available via her Etsy shop. via mymodernmet