I create spontaneously, but with aforethought, following a guiding concept, then letting my hands, the earth and my eyes take over. I start from an idea, an image, a form or a theme. I like to distort, carve, lengthen, model, alter, shape, texturize and assemble, challenging certain conventions, all in order to surprise the viewer studying my work.
My creations are sculptural, decorative, organic and animal.
I like to work with fire, love its smell, preferring to believe I control it and then, when it gives me back my pieces draped in beautiful sparkling or matte colours, I give it thanks.
A self-taught artist, I perfected my knowledge in the United States, following several courses focused on control and color development.
My pieces are unique and are signed Etche, in memory of my Basque ancestor: Jean Baptiste Barnetche, the first of the lineage who emigrated to Canada in 1720.