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Artist of the moment……..Kelly Robinson…….2,000 posts!



Kelly Robinson is a young Canadian artist representing the Nuxalk nation. Kelly Robinson was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1981. The artist is a prolific carver and jewelry maker.

Kelly Robinson attended the Native Education College located in Vancouver, British Columbia where he studied jewelry making.

Price range information: Works range from $250 to $5,000. Small pendants and jewelry items can be found for a few hundred dollars. The wooden carved masks are on the upper end of his price range.

His family heritage reflects both the Nuxalk and Nuu-chah-nulth nations.

The artist was motivated and inspired to be an artist by his uncle, Alvin Mack, a world renown master carver and also a jewelry artist.

The artist is excited to be at the beginning of what looks to be a great artistic career. He is thankful for the help and knowledge that is available to him. A very gracious and humble artist whose best years are definitely ahead of him! He began as a painter, but now makes a lot of jewelry using the graphic design. It will be interesting to see what mediums he learns next!

This entry is post number 2,000! I look forward to the next 1,000 posts and hope we can continue learning a great deal.





Artist of the moment……….William Kuhnley Jr.


William Kuhnley was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1967 and represents the Nuu-chah-nulth nation. When he was a youngster the family moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Kuhnley works with jewelry and wood carver.

His parents owned and ran a business that dealt with salvaging cedar wood. Both parents of Kuhnley were also wood carvers. This was perfect for someone wanting to be a carver!

Kuhnley is part of Ditidaht tribe. The word means people of the mountains.

Kuhnley began carving professionally when he was 24 years old.

Kuhnley was able to be an apprentice to Haida artist Robert Davidson.

Price range information: Jewelry pieces can be found for $1,000 up to larger wood carvings which can reach $20,000.