Debra Bernier: Driftwood sculptures honouring our connection with nature

Artist Debra Bernier creates stunning pieces of sculpture, which represent the “sacred connection we all share with nature”, using driftwood, clay and shells.

The Canadian artist, based in Victoria, says the pieces are also a reflection of her life, her children and her family.

Describing her work, Debra Bernier said: “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.

“Each piece of driftwood holds a story. When I sculpt & carve wood, I image this history, creating with the contours. These fascinating shapes have been sculpted by nature & time. My art is a personal expression of the gentle beauty I see in nature.”

Some recent additions to the artist’s portfolio include The Clam Shell Goddess – described by the artist as “part mermaid, part angel”, it is a sculpture made from a real clam shell, as well as silver, pewter and turquoise.

Debra Bernier’s sculptures are captivating pieces of art which can also be placed on an altar. Her art is available to buy via her Etsy store ShapingSpirit.

All images: © Debra Bernier

ShapingSpirit at Etsy

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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