Santa Cruz beaches have been awash with driftwood following recent storms and large swells. With all the wood that’s been drifting to shore, there have also been plenty of creations taking shape into one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
These Santa Cruz locals take driftwood from the sand to the studio to transform them into sculptures, structures, and wall art. Their work allows the shape and scale of wood to take on new forms, turns the mundane into the special, and is a testament to the artistic inspiration and beauty of nature.
“My art focuses on the emotions we all deal with on a daily basis. The driftwood I use is unaltered by me, no cutting or sanding. Inspiration comes from the life source itself. I feel that the objects that make up our environment have a profound effect on our soul. They should allow us to relax with them and challenge us to make lofty ideas.”
Follow David Tinsley’s work HERE.
“I wanted to share sculptures from my Rock Candy Series which are handmade ceramic gems attached in intriguing compositions to locally found driftwood. These pieces are designed to be wall mounted.”
Follow Jenni Ward’s work HERE.
“Having grown up in Santa Cruz, I can’t imagine living very far from the beach. From family bbq’s, bonfire with friends, Stand Up Paddle Board sessions, to long dog walks and watching surfers on Steamer’s lane. The beach has become an integral part of my life. After a large storm my mom and I will hunt for driftwood on local beaches. This driftwood becomes the foundation for my wall art that I place around my house and give to others as gifts.”
Follow Kelsey Kulbarsh’s work HERE.
“Collecting driftwood brings me in touch with the ocean. There is joy in discovering how nature guides and inspires art making. Driftwood provides structure so that I can let go. Weaving begins with a single thread that eventually tells a story that is held together by small, intentional acts of love. Santa Cruz is my forever home.”