Driftwood Horse Sculptures by Heather Jansch

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Heather Jansch creates absolutely amazing (and surprisingly lifelike) sculptures of horses using driftwood.

Equally amazing is the story of how she found her own style in the art world:

I went on to the now famous Goldsmiths College in London where sadly, at the time, figurative work was unfashionable. There was a life room, and models too, but no tutors ventured near. They liked and encouraged (typically) 6ft square green canvases with triangles and circles in bold clashing colours and sculptures using planks and blocks of polystyrene.

At the end of the first year I was asked to leave the course. I was told that I did not have the stuff that painters were made from and, if lucky, I might scrape a place somewhere to do graphics. My confidence was shattered. I was not interested in graphics. I liked the country, painting and constructing things from what lay around.

But that was then, and I went on to achieve my dream by virtue of fate, the generosity of others, luck and determination. I went my own way, not always wisely and not always to accolade from the establishment.

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i'll wager that any public piece anyone sees like this is actually a Deborah Butterfield, whom kkelly mentioned. deborah is quite famous in the fine art world, and has been for some time, so this whole post has me bewildered.
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