I have always had an interest in working in the three dimensional realm, but growing up in Fort Simpson there were no carvers to influence me. I drew all the time when I was young and a friend introduced me to painting when I was twenty. I studied painting at the Victoria College of Art and had the opportunity to try sculpture. It was at that point I knew what direction I wanted to take my art.
In 1995, Aurora College offered a three-month art course in my hometown. Master carver Bill Nasogaluak asked if I would like to try stone carving. I jumped at the chance. I have been carving ever since. For the first three and a half years of carving, I did nothing but work with hand tools. I really wanted to learn the whole technique by hand and get the right feel for the stone. Even now, it is so important to me to finish a carving by hand.
I think I am still finding out who I am as an artist. My carvings and style are constantly evolving. I like being outside just looking for the contours in the natural world. My art is heavily influenced by the images of the Northwest Territories – our legends, stories and animals. My inspiration in part comes from my background in painting. My carvings have a free flowing and meandering line that represents my connection to the northern lights and the spirit of the North.