B.Wyse [Bon Graham] from Hope B.C. and of the Sto:lo (Chilliwack) and Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo Wyse family) ancestry creates art and designs to capture and preserve the Aboriginal language, culture and traditions of the Coast Salish people through art, created with an appreciation of the languages historical, spiritual and cultural significance. Completed UFV Graphic Design and Communications program and is an award-winning graphic artist and designer. She continues to devlop and share her art and designs through gift products, prints, original paintings and educational programs.
Bruce Alfred belongs to the crests Whale and Sun, Sisiutl, Raven, Thunderbird, and Kulus. He trained under Kwakwaka'wakw teacher Tony Hunt at the Indian Arts and Crafts Society in the 1970s, and completed design courses at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. Bruce also studied with celebrated Kwakwaka'wakw artist Doug Cranmer for three years, and has trained with Kwakwaka'wakw printmaker and carver Richard Hunt.
Chad was born in B.C. and is a member of the Sts'ailes (Chehalis) First Nation in the Sto:lo Nation territory. An introduction to west coast salish art in his late teens by family and friends in medium such as painting, carving, jewerly, wood, glass, etc., sparked a strong interest into the salish art style. After a few years of practicing the style he developed his own style and started to produce limited edition silk screens and embriodered designs. Chad works on painting on products such as drums, paddles, and tables.
Fred Jackson, from Tzeachten First Nation, was born in British Columbia, Canada. Influenced by his surroundings of nature, he began exploring his artistic abilities as a young child. The eyes of the wildlife have always inspired him to move foward in his artwork and to bring illustration to life. Contemporary art and custom designs are among his specialties. Jackson explored a variety of mediums and methods for native design, portrait, carving, graphic design, mural and landscape painting.
Gary Leon, traditional name "Talekwitsen" , is from the Sts'ailes (Chehalis) First Nation, B.C. Graduated from Kitanmaax Coast Indian Art School (K'san) in Hazelton, B.C. in 1995. He also enjoys working with other mediums such as woodwork, eg.masks, bentwood boxes, talking sticks and totem poles. Gary is currently teaching art and carving at Sts'ailes Community School passing on some of his creative inspirations. Gary's designs come to him clearly: he seems to be tracing things that others cannot see.
A Tsimshian descendant, Garrett was born in Chilliwack and has lived there all his life. His inspiration comes from this mountainous region and all it has to offer. Although his natural artistic abilites allow him to easily make designs or paint, but is not a full time artist. His main medium is oil on canvas painting, but he also ventures into creative two dimensional design. He enjoys participating in the organic flowering of an idea as it becomes alive on canvas. He feels this growth comes through the work and communicates with the viewer. All of his pieces have a hidden message or purpose, some of which he will completely explain and other are left to the viewers interpretation.
Jared Deck is from Tzeachten (Chi'yaqtel) First Nation within the Sto:lo Territory. Jared is a self-taught artist in the west coast salish art style and considers his artwork to be very contemporary with traditional elements. Using such mediums as acrylic, pencil, markers, watercolor and computer graphics. He is an avid fan of tattoo style art and gets a lot of inspiration out of music. Jared is always trying to learn new things and strive to improve on his artistic skills.
Jason Roberts, traditional name "Sxwoxil" , is from Tzeachten Indian Band within the Sto:lo territory. Jason is a self-taught artist from childhood in the west coast art style and using such mediums as acrylic, pencil, pen pointillism and computer graphics. He enjoys trying other crafts such as carving and beading. Influenced largely by his love of his cultural teachings and living within his Sto:lo territory.
Jenny-lee is a Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist from Ucluelet, British Columbia, and now lives in the Fraser Valley. She is always looking for new projects to express her passion of artistry to expand her skills and knowledge, including learning new drawing techniques, or painting with different mediums to create traditional art in a revitalized way. Jenny found comfort in the healing that came from learning about her culture while expressing herself with a little bit of paint, and the encouragement from her family.
Traditional name Xotxwes, is from Xwchiyo:m, Cheam First Nation within the Sto:lo Territory. Jonny has been an artist all his life and practicing in such mediums as drawing, painting, carving and computer graphics. He has a passion for aboriginal art and feels great about creating designs that people could enjoy. He also does custom art, creating peoples visions and feels great pride in seeing their excitement when they see their vision represented through his artwork.
Jordan is from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, with background in Graphic Design and original hand crafted Jewelry. For the past 6 years Jordan has been creating First Nations Art, has a background in NorthWest Coast Jewelry and has completed the Fine Arts program at the Native Education College and Animation Graphics design at the Capilano College. Jordan has also been creating jewelry, Company Logos, Prints and original Artwork for the past 5 years.
Luke Pike , traditional name "Swoli:u:se", is from the Cheam First Nation within the Sto:lo Territory. Luke is a taught artist in the west coast salish art style practicing in such mediums as drawings, paintings and carving and works with other crafts such as drum making and other wood related projects. As a growing artist he hopes to carry on with his artist cultural traditions and fulfill his passion and love for art.
Paula Cranmer-Underhill, from the Lytton First Nation - Nlekepmx and 'Namgis-Kwakwaka'wakw peoples. Paula enjoys art related to her Kwakwaka'wakw and Nlekepmx cultures. Some of her work related to these cultures involved recreating some of the Stein Valley Pictographs from 1996-2010 under the company name "Time Out of Mind Tribal Designs". These recreations were very popular, especially in clothing, and are now being brought back by Paula and Nations Creations.
Simone was born in Duncan , B.C. and now resides in the Sto:lo Territory. Her designs are in the west coast Salish style, working in such mediums as pencil, painting and carving. Having carved her first mask at the age of 13 and by the age 16 selling her designs. Simone is a self-taught artist that has a strong family history of influencial west coast salish artists. Continuing to develop her unique and very detailed style, working towards establishing her career by being consistent wit her work.
Coast Salish Aboriginal artist, Taylor Krulicki lives on the Pacific Coast of BC. She creates her art digitally from her studio in Vancouver. A graduate and teachers assistant with Vancouver Film School and recipient of the Emily Carr youth scholarship, Taylor has developed her unique animated style and art has been featured in galleries in Vancouver. She is inspired by animation, children's stories and wildlife. Taylor is best known for her colorful, whimsical and youthful illustrations.
Trevor Isaac, is from Kwakwaka'wakw (Alert Bay), or Kwakwala Speaking Peoples of British Columbia. As a child he has always loved traditional art and began to practice his traditional art in high school. Creating crest figures dedicated to ceremonial purposes within his community and believing his cultural knowledge assists in depicting the unique crests of his people. Isaac is also a ceremonial singer, dancer and hereditary chief within his family. Currently working with the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, B.C. since 2010.
Vanessa Serroul, from the Bridge River Indian Band (Xwisten) in the St'at'imc Territory, moved to the Fraser Valley in 1999 and has been a part of the Matsqui First Nation Community for over 15 years. Vanessa has been an Artist all her life and uses inspiration for her everyday surroundings to incorporate into her pieces. She uses a variety of mediums including Acrylic, Pencils (charcoal & colored) Markers and Watercolors.
William Wasden, traditional name Wak'analagalis (The River Flows Through Him Forever) a member of the 'Namgis Nation "Nimpkish Valley Tribe" of Alert Bay, British Columbia. He has been educated by many experienced artists starting at a young age with Chief Simon Dick, age 12 by Chief and Master Carver Douglas Cranmer, Beau Dick and attended Don Yeoman's native art classes in Victoria in which he received the Henry Hunt Memorial award for artistic achievement. Later on he began jewelry engraving with Paddy Seaweed and Randy Cook and has since returned to that art form.