Have you met Phyllis Rosser? She's a Vermont artist who makes sculpture using driftwood that's been worn smooth and bare by the Connecticut River. Her work is abstract, suggesting clouds, swirling water, bodies, and bones. This one is called "soft falling rain":
This is "exuberant heart":
and "sailing forth":
Although it's very difficult to tell, most of her sculptures are impressively large. Take a look at "prana," installed above a bed:
And here's a shot of an installation at the Ceres Gallery a few years ago.
The take-away here is probably obvious: you can make art with almost anything, including natural materials left in their natural, unpainted and unaltered states. It's all in how you look at the world. Allow yourself to play and experiment. See what you're drawn to (collecting driftwood, say) and then see if you can make something with that. Even if you don't end up with a gallery full of work, you've exercised your brain by thinking creatively and inventively. Go, you!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.