In the ’90s, I found myself living in British Columbia and was introduced to Haida art for the first time. It literally took my breath away. Before my eyes was an art style that was bold and powerful, yet had this spiritual feel that really touched my soul. It was the same feeling I had when I witnessed a sunset over the Rocky Mountains for the first time. Inspired, I knew at that moment I had found my calling—I wanted to be an artist.
Since that time, I have done a lot of solo exhibitions in museums and had my artwork displayed during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, but one of my biggest thrills was when I got a telephone call from Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles. They wanted to rent ten of my Native paintings for their television production of Nikita.
With all the years of hard work, it was nice to see people accepting my artwork for what it is. Being colour-blind and self-taught, I’ve always been a little nervous about displaying my work for all the world to see. My father always told me, “Take pride in the things you do.” Art has given that to me and I treat every piece that I create as if it’s my last one.