Posts Tagged ‘coast salish’

Artist of the moment………..Francis Horne Senior



Francis Horne Sr. is a self taught first nations artist renown for his work with masks and totem poles. Francis Horne was born in Mount Vernon, Washington in the year 1954.

Horne represents is a member of the First Nations family the Coast Salish.

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The artist began carving in 1973.

Horne, in a similar manner of the Inuit people, sometimes uses items in his work that cannot be removed from Canada such as whalebone. Make sure to review your mask or totem from this artist to make sure it can be shipped to your house!

I enjoy the animated qualities and sense of life that comes through the masks and totem poles of this artist.

The artist is now based out of Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.



Artist of the moment……………Shaun Peterson


Shaun Peterson is a wonderful First Nations artist born in Puyallup, Washington in the year 1975.

The artist began his art career after high school. Peterson has been able to study right alongside contemporary First Nations artists George David, and Steve Brown.

Below a link to the website of Shaun Peterson:

A big moment in Shaun Peterson’s life came when he was given the name of his Great Grandfather, Qwalsius.

What I enjoy most about Shaun Peterson is that he is very honest about his view of the art world, and he hopes to change it. The artist expresses in his artistic statement that when people think of Indian Art it most likely is black or red and traditional.

I know as a reader of this site you know that is not the case! Many bright First Nations artists are making modern additions to traditional art and even mass marketing some of their art on clothing.

Below we hear from the artist in his own words:

The artist reminds us that the basis of the logo of the Seattle Seahawks national football league team is based on a First Nations style bird. Peterson shows a works based on this idea below:

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Artist of the moment……Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is a young Coast Salish artist born in the year 1980 on Valdes Island, Canada. The artist is young but very skilled at printmaking and also making jewelry.

Price range information: Works range from $150 to $2,000. This includes jewelry and prints.

The artist has been influenced by many other Northwest Coast artists featured here such as Susan Point and Robert Davidson.

In this clip Dylan Thomas talks about the “Mandala” shape that is used in Northwest Coast art, the shape/design is below.


Dylan Thomas began to exhibit his work in 2011.

What an exciting up and coming Northwest Coast artist!


Artist of the moment…..Luke Marston

Luke Marston is a Coast Salish artist born in the year 1976. Both mother and father are professional carvers, Jane and David Marston.  Luke has a brother John Marston who is also an artist.

The artist apprenticed at Thunderbird Park for five years at the Royal British Columbia Museum. He was able to work with such renowned artists as Sean Karpes, Simon Charlie, and Gary Peterson.

Luke has completed several large totem poles and large sized commission works.

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In this clip a brief montage of works by the artist.

What an exciting up and coming young artist!


Artist of the moment……Susan Point

Susan Point is a wonderful artist from the Coast Salish tribe located in the northwest of Canada in the year of 1952. The artist began making prints whilst working as a legal secretary. As a result of being ON TIME and BUDGET with her projects, she received many more commissions. Susan Point is a member of the Coast Salish peoples that is located in British Columbia down to the northwest of the United States.

A link to the website of Susan Point:

For her artistic education she is schooled in a variety of mediums including casting in bronze and other mediums as well as carving and printmaking. Among her highest priced works are her exquisitely carved pieces made from wood. In addition the artist was the first of her local tribe of artists to work with glass. She truley is a an artist, taking the time to learn new medium after new medium.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $40,000.

She has works included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute of the  National Musuem of the American Indian.

Below we examine a work by the artist titled Human Spirit. A short interview with Susan Point.

In this clip the artist talks about a piece done for Richmond, British Columbia.

Some works done by Susan Point for the 2010 Olympics.

Officer of the Order of Canada and has been recognized as one of the most 100 influential people in British Columbia.

What I find just wonderful about the artist is her ability to go one step beyond her stated goals. As she tells us this part of her life carries over into every aspect, not only art. What a fantastic artist and she has made sure her children and grandchildren also have found the importance of art in their life.

What a great example for us all.