We are proud to carry products featuring the artwork of many Canadian artists. Here is a list of their profiles so you can learn more about them, or click on their name to see products featuring their artwork:
Betty Albert-Licenz was adopted and raised by French Canadian parents in Northern Ontario. She spent time on Vancouver Island where both of her interests in art and spirituality surfaced. During the next twenty years, she worked with pen and ink, and improved her artistic techniques.
Circumstances eventually brought her back to her Native American father, discovering her birthright as a Cree. Betty then began an art business with her father called “Wabimeguil Art Studio,” which distributes art throughout North America. Like many Cree people, dreams play an important part of her life and her work. She discovered that her dream people were faceless and this is evident in some of her work. Her art allows the viewer to experience tradition, action, and a deep spirituality. Her use of vibrant acrylic colors begs us to view creation in a new way. Through her painting, “Wabimeguil (White Feather),” she expresses not only her own growth in spirituality, but also encourages people to experience “The Peace,” that she represents in her art.
Rick is an internationally recognized Mississauga Ojibway artist from Alderville First Nation in Ontario. He has been painting professionally for over 20 years and is an avid conservationist. He is the proprietor of Sweetgrass Studios located at his birthplace on the Alderville First Nation in Ontario. His diverse involvements include consultations in aboriginal tourism, the arts, cultural history and environmental management. He has been a tour guide and host for “Spirit Walks”, an aboriginal tourism initiative for First Nation communities and partners where his artistic and communication skills have helped establish these venues. He has recently served as a member of the design team for The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.
He has appeared as a personality on television and radio, illustrated several publications and was the recipient of the Governor General’s commemorative medal for community service in 1993. Currently he serves as Natural Heritage Coordinator for Alderville First Nation.
Rick is encouraged that the response to his work indicates a growing enjoyment of the expressions of the land and the life it supports.
Klatle-Bhi (pronounced “Klath-Bay”) is an artist of Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. He grew up in the Kwakiutl culture of mask dancing, singing, and potlatching and has played a prominent role in the recent revival of the sea-going canoe journeys. Klatle-Bhi’s art is an expression of his personal and spiritual journey, as well as a reflection of his respective cultures.
Pamela Cailloux was born in Chibougamau Québec. She is of Métis decent consisting of Huron and Algonquin heritage. Her artwork is heavily influenced by the teachings of the medicine wheel consisting of balance, seasons, elements and harmony. Mother earth is often represented in her works as an energy and spirit that is determined to heal and restore natural order. Pamela has been drawing all her life and the style we see today, began to take shape around 1995.
Francis Dick is a contemporary Native artist and a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Francis was born in 1959 in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) into the Musga’makw Dzawada’enuxw Band of Kingcome Inlet. She is a descendant of the Kawadelakala (Supernatural Wolf), who shed his animal form to become the first of the Kingcome people. She is adept in Dzawada’enuxw art style.
Francis’s work whether visual, lyrical or verbal is strongly influenced by her cultural heritage. Much of her earlier art contains images of her family’s Kawadelekala legend. However as Francis’s style and art form developed, she began to work on images outside of her culture. Nonetheless, her cultural traditions still have a strong influence on her work.
Francis finds meaning in her life through her creativity in art, which she ‘dreams up’ and constructs. She plays an integral part within the Native art community in Canada. She has been invited to speak for various community organizations, women’s groups and university classes.
Today, Francis’ art is internationally renowned. Her story has been heard in various universities around the world, and her art travelled worldwide and was exhibited in North America, Asia and Europe. She presently lives in Victoria, B.C. where she is continually working with her creative expressions to fabricate a meaningful way of life.
Roxanne Dick is from the Lil`wat Nation, an Interior Salish First Nation community in British Columbia, Canada. An Ambassador for her Nation, Roxanne enjoys sharing her culture with the international guest that visit the Sea to Sky Valley located in her traditional territory. Roxanne`s art and craftsmanship is influenced by her rich cultural traditions, combined with her own modern flair.
Connie Dickens is a Coast Tsimshian artist of the Lax Kw’alaams tribe. She was born in Prince Rupert and attended the Kitanmax school of art. She currently resides in Campbell River, B.C. with her family.
Andy was born in Comox, B.C. and is named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. His cultural interests lay with both his K’ómoks and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing and even the completion of a Master’s Degree in anthropology. Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments. From early self-taught lessons, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his Kwakwaka’wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.
Mark Garfield was born and raised on the West Coast of British Columbia. He developed an interest in carving at an early age copying totem poles and masks that inspired him throughout his youth. Mark’s work reflects a contemporary approach to traditional northwest coast art influences which have shaped his carving style. His work is held in private and corporate collections around the world.
Robin Edgar Haworth is a member of the Tsimshian Nation. His Clan house is Lax-Gibuu or the Wolf Clan. His art is inspired by the traditions of the ancestors of the Skeena River Valley and the social and economic issues of our contemporary world.
Known as the Penticton Indian Band’s travelling artist, in 2015 he did a 4,500-kilometre Right the Wrong trek from Penticton to Ottawa to draw attention to missing and murdered women. In 2019 he walked the infamous 720-kilometre corridor of Highway 16 called the Highway of Tears.
Alex was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and is the son of Native Tsimshian artist Bill Helin. He has been creatively assisting his father in the art world since he was six years old. His main interests were wood carving and at the age of eight he was the youngest carver to work on the World’s tallest totem pole for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, B.C. That same year Alex helped his dad carve the 40 foot long Raven song Canoe and helped paddle it to the Victoria Commonwealth Games with the Tribal Journeys Canoe Regatta.
I take ultimate care and pride in every piece I create, knowing I’m passing along the beauty of my native culture to every client.
Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols.
Born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959 Corrine Hunt has been producing contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Kwakiutl and Tlingit heritage for more than 22 years. “I want to show how both the First Nations people and the art have evolved”, she explains. Corrine has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia. into contemporary styling is distinct and her artwork is found in art collections and museums worldwide. An international multi-award winner, she is recognized for her contribution to First Nations contemporary art.
James Johnson was born and raised in Juneau, AK. He belongs to the Tlingit Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi Clan (Eagle Killerwhale). He taught himself the fundamentals of Tlingit form line design, and traditional carving. James’s great great grandfather was Chief Gusht’eiheen of Angoon, AK. His great grandfather was Chief Jimmy Johnson, and his grandfather was Chief Peter Johnson. Whom he is named after – James Peter Johnson. James’s strong ancestral history led him to purse the Tlingit art form. His late father, Franklin Johnson, first encouraged him to begin carving. James has now dedicated his life to perpetuating the Tlingit art form, honoring his ancestors thru his work.
Carla was born in Prince George, B.C. and received her key to become an artist in residence at the Prince George Community Arts Council in 2016. She went on to win Art Battle in 2016 and 2018.
Carla has her own very unique style which many people connect with. She loves the way she makes people feel with her art and it inspires her to continue with her gift. Carla loves to challenge herself by taking on many different projects that can be seen around her home community.
Amy Keller-Rempp is a talented Canadian artist. Originally from Ontario, she, her husband and their three daughters now reside in northern Alberta. Amy was born with a God-given talent, and she believes her First Nations ancestry (The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte), and her memory of her father drives her passion. She uses mostly acrylic and oil, on many different types of canvas, and has developed unique styles that she describes as Modern Impressionism and Sky Dance Series. Her ability to grind and sculpt metal makes her one of the top metal art artists in the world.
Canadian born artist Thomas McPhee is largely self-taught. In the early 1980’s he developed his own technique for gem carving and since then has become one of the world’s foremost artists in this demanding medium. In 1998, McPhee turned his talent to the exploration of casting glass into finely detailed miniature sculptures. This medium lends itself naturally to McPhee’s style.
Thomas McPhee has gained an international reputation for his unique small-scale sculptures. His creations are sold to collectors world wide.
Ioyan Mani – to walk beyond – is Maxine’s Sioux name that reveals her gift. Maxine is Oglala Sioux, born on the Birdtail Reservation in Manitoba. The eldest of eleven children, she learned to draw among a loving family on a quiet reserve. In residential school she experienced the struggles of submersion of the native spirituality and culture, which brought her strength and enrichment.
A self-taught artist, Maxine is skilled in many media. She seeks through the use of fluid images, flowing lines and subtle colours, to present essential characteristics of the Native people: their sensibilities, generosity and loving nature. Maxine has received honours and accolades for her work with Native cultures, and she speaks around the country on art and on social issues, assisting in bridging the gap between Native and non-Native, young and old.
Dawn Oman was born in Yellowknife, North West Territories, of Yellowknives Dene and Welsh descent. Directly descended from Chief Snuff, who signed Treaty 8 with the Canadian Government, she began to draw as a means of silently amusing herself and staying out of her foster families’ way. Since then, Dawn has exhibited across North America, opened her own Studio Gallery, and won awards and important commissions for her artwork. The Royal Canadian Mint Limited Edition 50 Cent Collectors coin in the 2003 Festival Series commemorating the Great Northern Arts Festival features Dawn’s “Rising Star.”
Dawn’s main theme is winter; her snowy bright images capture the essence of the North in the dark time, cold, but full of colour. Her use of swirling colours representing the northern lights is a recognizable and recurrent theme throughout her works, as is her bold use of colour and brilliant combinations. What began as a way to make herself quietly invisible has brought an exuberant and joyful presence to the contemporary Canadian arts scene.
Kelly Robinson was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia. His roots and family origin are in Bella Coola, BC with descendants from both the Nuxalk and Nuu-chah-nulth nations. He was exposed to First Nations artwork from an early age and was always interesting in learning and refining the art — specifically the unique design forms of the Nuxalk. Under the guidance of his uncle, noted master carver, Alvin Mack, Kelly has developed his own techniques in creation of two and three dimensional art forms.
Ronnie is a self-taught wildlife artist who started painting at a young age. Growing up in Fort McPherson, NT Ronnie’s inspiration comes from the land. His passion for wildlife and nature really prevails in his work.
For Ronnie the portrayal of wildlife and birds in their natural habitat is his preference. Using acrylic paints as his medium, he portrays the natural beauty and serenity of nature in his work.
His work is currently on display at the Bear Claw Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta where Ronnie was a featured artist at the 2016 Holiday Art Show. His art was also shown at the 50th Street Gallery, Edmonton, The Great Northern Arts Festival’s summer and winter shows. His work was selected for the Capital Suites Hotel in Inuvik, NT where it is featured in the lobby and main staircase, and has been a featured artist at the Café Gallery in Inuvik, NT. Ronnie’s latest project was with the Government of Canada where his work is being displayed on a 30’ satellite dish in Inuvik, NT.
Jamie Sterritt is a member of the Gitksan nation in the Skeena river area of northern British Columbia, now living in Kamloops with his daughters. His work is based on traditional northwest coast design, and is true to Gitksan art. He acquired his interest in the art from his father and uncles who are accomplished artists and craftsmen in their own right. Jamie is a member of the Kispiox wolf clan. His Gitksan name is Wii Nagim Tts’uwingat.
Abraham’s unique style tends to be whimsical and mirthful. His wildlife carvings portray a distinct mischievous quality which renders it easily recognizable.
Carved in his Vancouver, B.C. studio, all the artist’s works are signed originals. The registration number and description of each piece is recorded in the Studio’s permanent registry.
Jackie Traverse is a multi-disciplinary First Nation female artist who calls the city of Winnipeg home. A large portion of her work contains a combination of popular and traditional cultural reflections, which she portrays through her knowledge of urban living, contemporary visual art, traditional craft, and her own cultural practices. She works in many mediums from painting in oils and acrylics to mixed media, sculpture and stop motion animation.
Traverse is widely known in art communities across Canada. Her paintings, drawings, documentaries, and sculptures speak to realities of being an Aboriginal woman. She has created stop-motion animation on missing and murdered women in Canada, another on the sixties scoop titled “Two Scoops” and “Empty” a tribute to her estranged mother. Jackie is deeply moved by the injustices faced by First Nations people. She is committed to her community and teaches art in public schools, which bring together the traditional teachings of the First Nations to various cultures.
Tony’s carvings demonstrate a lasting appreciation for jade as a carving medium. The inspiration for his sculptures come mainly from the great variety of wildlife found in North America.
Carved in his Vancouver, B.C. studio, Tony’s finished sculptures reflect his attention to detail and his ability to capture the essence of the wildlife.
All the artist’s works are signed originals, uniquely Canadian and a collector’s piece of lasting value. The registration number and description of each piece is recorded in the Studio’s permanent registry.