Tessa Campbell-Fraser's work to date has focused mainly on animal and human subject matter, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources including pre-historic cave paintings, Inuit sculpture and the classical world. Her work is not merely literal but also sensitive, with allegorical and spiritual influences. She tries to capture the essence of her subject, be it abstract or representational: "I am a sculptor who is inspired by life, movement, texture and atmosphere. My sculpture seeks to reflect the fragility of nature and man. I see sculpture as a drawing in three dimensions, using light and shadow to act upon the planes of the sculpted surface. The work need not always be literal; to capture human sensibilities is what the best art is all about."
She works in clay, incorporating a variety of materials and using bold tool marks to form craggy surfaces, which create discrete abstract textures: "The process of sculpting a project is ever-evolving and on-going, the dynamics developing continuously from start to finish. The larger the sculpture gets, the more conclusive and powerful it becomes, a process that I find exciting and rewarding.”