Brian Pardini

Making art from driftwood connects Brian to the creative force of nature. He mindfully walks the shores of Lake Erie, seeking what is already there. To him, the weathered wood he finds knows what it wants to be, and it’s his job as an artist to set it free.

A retired carpenter, Brian brings a high level of craftsmanship to his sculptures. He may combine pieces, carve eyes and ears, or even add a tail to fully bring out the character he sees in the gnarled wood, but he is most satisfied by the sculptures he works on the least. “I pay attention,” Brian says, “with a sense of listening to each branch and twig. Some I slightly alter, others remain as they were.”

Imagine what it must be like to see the world through Brian’s eyes. Looking past the surface of things to see their true form.