Driftwood Sculpture - The Griffon Vulture
A Griffon Vulture made using driftwood as the primary material. Other materials used are pine needles, pistachio shells, twigs, tree bark, and yellow quartz eyes.
I was very excited when starting this sculpture because I had a good idea of how it could turn out right from the start. It began with the head piece, which was sent to me from Quebec by my treasure hunter and inspirational art partner, my mother. She has an eye for good pieces and I knew this piece was a vulture head from the first time I saw it. I don't have a great abundance of spare driftwood, so finding the right pieces for the rest of the sculpture took a few months to gather. After assembling the body, I had to find suitable talons and a base to mount it on. Once that was done, I then proceeded to laying in the various materials for the feathers, then the talon claws, and finally the golden quartz stones for the eyes. As with all my pieces, prior to assembly, each part goes through a cleaning and heat treatment process. The final product is coated with a light sealant.