Though originally from Montana, I have lived in Alaska since 1964...that's right, the year of the earthquake! I grew up around
the state, and eventually ended up in a little Yupik village of Manokotak in the late '70's after marrying my wife Sassa.
With jobs being few, my in-laws provided me with some chunks of ivory, a few hand tools, and I began to carve. Before
too long I was selling my work. Sometime later I moved to Dillingham, a regional center not too far away, and took a job as
a carving teacher in the high school. I taught there for 13 years, supplementing my teaching income with carving and sculpture,
mostly in the Yupik Eskimo style. While teaching carving, I became a student of Alaska Native history, culture, and technology.
Native Art is one of my passions!
To this day, though I now live in a more urban setting, I continue to work in various media creating pieces which reflect
my appreciation for Alaska Native culture.