Our Artists

Our native and non-native artists are trained in a wide range of cultures and traditions from Northwest Coast Native American and First Nations to Celtic and Tahitian. A number of Metal Arts artists are either members of tribes or have studied under the direction of artists from them. Their passion for preserving their rich traditions is reflected in the quality and craftsmanship of every design found in our collections.

Jody Bergsma

Jody Bergsma is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for her fantasy figures and creatures brought to life. Her eye for detail along with her evocative strokes depict wildlife with subtle cultural imagery and symbolism. She is also a successful writer and illustrator for popular children's books.
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Barry Burger

attended the California College of Arts and Crafts where he studied jewelry making, stone setting and engraving. He was a designer, jeweler and engraver who lived in a remote bay on Admiralty Island in SE Alaska, within the Kootznoowoo Wilderness Area. Kootznoowoo a Tlingit word meaning “Fortress of the Bears” is one million acres of temperate coastal rainforest and contains the highest density of brown bears and nesting bald eagles anywhere in the world. “My goal is to reflect the beauty, culture, wildlife and spirituality of this amazing place in my art.”
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The Celtic Lady

The Celtic Lady, also known as Susan Zalusky, became interested in the artifacts of the Middle Ages, and in particular, the illuminated manuscripts designed by monks while studying art history at Loyola Marymount University. While designing printed circuit boards, she became fascinated with the pathways between components. This, coupled with Irish ceili dancing, has inspired her drawings of Celtic knotwork and design.
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Sue Coccia

Animal Spirits are images inspired by nature and a deep understanding of the connection with the spirit world, as represented by Sue Coccia who lives in Edmonds, Washington. She enjoys creating images with meanings drawn from her studies of the beliefs of indigenous people of the world. Animal totems represent a deep spirituality, and by beginning to understand animal's qualities and traits, we can learn from them. Sue's Grandmother's Grandmother was Native American, and that tiny bit of heritage has had a large influence on her art. Indigenous art and its relationship with the animal world has also influenced Sue's unique style. A deep love of all animals was instilled at a very young age.
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Richard Dalton

Richard Dalton III is originally from Hoonah, Alaska. His heritage is half Tlingit Indian from Alaska and half Navajo from New Mexico. Richard was born into the Raven moiety and of the T'akdeintaan clan, belonging to the Frog clan. Most of Richard's designs depict images of the Raven side of his heritage.
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Danny Dennis

A Tsimshian native artist of the Frog Clan, Danny Dennis was born in 1951 at the Gitskan Village of Kitwanga. Danny's art reflects the beauty of his homeland, combining his past with his present day experiences. A self-taught artist, Danny cites mentors such as master artists Francis Williams and Robert Davidson as inspiration ever since pursuing his professional artistic career in 1978.  Danny carved indigenous materials such as ivory and mastodon bone. His traditional design work is enjoyed by collectors of finely carved gold and silver jewelry. Unique to Danny's art are the free-flowing lines capturing the expression of freedom, and the infinite possibilities of where a person's spirit can lead them.
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George Estrella

George Estrella was a long-time resident of Ketchikan, Alaska. The inspiration for his work is directly related to the environment in which he lived. The relationship between man and nature found in the Northern landscape, and Alaska, is the foundational influence in his designs. He now shares his time between the Northwest and Alaska.
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Kathleen Faulkner

Kathleen Faulkner is an accomplished jewelry artist living in Anacortes, Washington. Her TRAX line of animal track jewelry was first inspired while she was living in the wilderness in Alaska.
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Dale Faulstich

Dale Faulstich is an artist and woodcarver. He has been living and working on the Northwest Coast since 1972. His home and studio are located on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. As a non-native working in a native tradition, Dale enjoys a unique relationship with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Sequim, WA. Dale continues to be involved in various Tribal projects and he assists tribal members in designing and carving traditional objects. He also teaches an ongoing series of classes. In addition to creating beautiful metal jewelry, Dale has created masks, totem poles, steam bent boxes, animal form bowls, rattles, drums and ceremonial objects, carved doors, wall panels, furniture and other contemporary applications.
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Jean Ferrier

Jean Ferrier is a Euro-American artist who has been working in the art forms and styles of the Northwest Coast for 35 years. Her early education was facilitated by exposure to Bill Holm's teaching, as well as Duane Pasco's generous help which he gave to young artists, critiquing and encouraging their work.

Initially, Jean made boxes, bowls and masks. Since year 2000, she has painted formline designs on red cedar panels. She also produces hand-pulled prints and limited series handmade books of animal stories with her own calligraphic writing.
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Judy Frisbie

Judy Frisbie is a master sculptress and is considered one of the top jewelry designers in the Northwest. Her designs are meticulously detailed and alive. Judy's designs are collected and sought after worldwide.
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Jeanne Gamble

Jeanne Gamble has made her home in the coastal communities of Alaska for 45 years. Her adventures include living off the land and being graciously adopted by the Southeast Alaskan Tlingits whose distinguished culture inspired not only her designs but her spirit as well. Jeanne keeps her work simple but strong with a natural flow between spiritual and realism. She now lives along the shores of Alaska's Cook Inlet, continuously inspired by the majesty that surrounds her.
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Michael Glass

Michael Glass, poet/designer/surfer, arrived in Hawaii in 1973 aboard a 52 catamaran and has made the island his home for over 35 years. Fascinated by the Polynesian mythology, and with the deepest respect for its cultural traditions, he has consistently sought to blend traditional native designs with contemporary materials and techniques in the belief that a culture is most alive when it continues to grow and explore new directions in which to express its values. It is his hope that the pieces created as part of the Ocean Spirit Collection and manufactured by Metal Arts Group will help to remind us that the world of myth and magic is still alive in the world around us today.
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Everett Goenett

Everett Goenett was a Tlingit artist. He was influenced by other great Northwest Coast native artists such as Odin Lonning. Everett was an accomplished wood carver of totem poles and masks. He passed away in 1994 but his work lives on through our collection.
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Lin Haak

Lin Haak lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Dave, a fishing guide on the Columbia River. Lin has been painting in oil for twenty years, painting on birch panels, aluminum or galvanized flashing. She describes her creative process: "I draw into the wet paint, revealing the underlying support. The tremor in my hand makes this line work lively, and intensely personal. Following my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis four years ago, I found myself struggling with painting indoors rather than out; sitting instead of standing... Window sill paintings offer me a chance to think about outside and inside, and how they are never exactly where we think.... I call these paintings windowsill meditations. I think of them as stories I tell."
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Bill Helin

Bill (WeLaaxumYout) Helin was born in Prince Rupert B.C. Canada. His mother is Norwegian and his late father was a Tsimshian Indian Chief by the name of Hyemass. His grandfather, Henry Helin, was Chief of the Girlan Tribe, and his grandmother, Maud Helin, was Chieftainess of the Gitgeese Tribe.

Helin studied at the famous Ksan Indian Art School in B.C. where he learned traditional design, tool making, wood carving and jewelry engraving under Tsimshian master artists. Bill has mastered the skill of wood carving and worked on the world's largest totem pole, which now stands in Victoria, B.C.

In 1987 he studied at the Gemological Institute of America where he learned gemology and gem setting to enhance the beauty and uniqueness of his amazing story bracelets and wedding rings. His other passions are acrylic painting, story book writing and illustration. He also loves to share the stories and songs of his Tsimshian heritage and teach children the importance of culture.
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Barry Herem

Barry Herem is a Seattle artist who has worked in the Northwest Coast Indian style for many years. He has written about the subject as a reviewer, and as an unofficial ethnographer and archaeologist who has done field work collecting and publishing data about the precontact Tlingit and Haida of Southeast Alaska.

Barry's work is symbolic, animistic, and organic, and has been shown in nearly every major American city and many foreign ones. Barry's taut and harmonious work owes much to the essential forms of Northwest Coast native art, which he has renewed and extended in what he calls "equal parts of invention and assimilation."

He has created artworks in wood, steel, bronze, fabric, aluminum plate, glass and serigraphic print form. He has created several large sculptures, including two 30-foot aluminum plate whale sculptures for the Portland, Oregon International Airport and a large acrylic sculpture for the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) airport. He has created more than 40 limited-edition serigraphs, plus 5" x 7" art cards based on them.

Barry spends every summer exploring the island seascapes of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska in his large sea-going canoe. He also frequently guides a 65-foot schooner, "Crusader," on voyages of adventure through the same magical region.
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Judy Hopkins

Judy Hopkins is known as the Agatha Christie of the mystery quilt genre. Hundreds of quilting shops and groups have used Judy's mysteries for workshops and retreats; individual quilters enjoy the Mystery Quilt Singles patterns she sold through Feathered Star Productions, Inc.

Judy was the first "magazine mystery" writer, creating series-style mystery patterns for Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts. Her newest mysteries for shops can be found bi-monthly in SQE Professional Magazine (QuiltingProfessional.com).

Judy was widely known as a creator of clear and accurate patterns for quilters. She was the author and co-author of numerous quilting books and designer of the popular ScrapMaster ruler, a tool for quick-cutting half-square triangles from irregularly shaped scraps.

Judy's grandmother, her mother and her aunt, all made quilts. She started pursuing a full-time career in quilting after being named Alaska state winner of the Great American Quilt Contest (the "Liberty Contest") in 1986. She made her home in Juneau, Alaska with her husband, Bill, and has five adorable and brilliant grand-children.

It is with great sadness that we have lost Judy Hopkins's vibrant life and creative intelligence to cancer in March 2011. Metal Arts Group will continue to advance her work throughout our network of stores and distributors. This effort will help to perpetuate the contribution of Judy's activity in the quilt world.
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Jack Hudson

Jack Hudson was born in Metlakatla, Alaska in 1936. He is a member of the Wolf Clan and a direct descendent of John and Mary Hudson, two of the earliest pioneers of Metlakatla. Hudson has been creatively artistic since grade school, but was not exposed to Northern Northwest Coast Indian art until 1965. It was a desire to learn more about his Tsimshian culture that led Hudson to combine his artistic skill with his heritage. The result is some of the finest Indian art found today, and is sought by serious collectors both nationally and internationally.
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Aleasa James

Aleasa James is a young Native American artist who developed her artistic style while living in Southeastern Alaska studying under Tlingit carver Gerald T. James of Auke Bay, and Tsimshian artist/carver Eli F. Milton of Metlakatla.
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Wilma Stokes-Leslie

Wilma is Alaska Native of Tlingit and Haida decent, Haida Nation, Raven Moiety, Yahku-laanaas Clan and Double Fin Killer Whale House. She is the great, great granddaughter of Haida Chief Yeltatzie. Wilma’s father, Dick Stokes, was her mentor. Mr. Stokes was a Tlingit elder and a native history consultant for the Smithsonian Institute. He also worked with the State of Alaska and state archeologists by carving the replicas for Petroglyph Beach State Historical Site. Wilma was born, raised and lives on Wrangell Island located in Southeast Alaska. She gets her inspiration from the natural and diverse environment of the area as well as the rich, artistic history of her native people. Wilma works as cultural host and interpreter for her family’s eco-tour company, Alaska Waters, Inc. and as a freelance travel writer.
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Jennifer Lokey

Jennifer Lokey's fascination with design began in 1970 as a staff artist for a national needlepoint designer while working toward her BA in art. The art of quilt making techniques culminated in a successful quilt book and pattern publishing company. Jennifer Lokey Design Studio was conceived and blossomed as a source for freelance designs of art applied to wearable garments.

The philosophy of "what if" has intrigued and motivated Jennifer to create innovative designs. Her medium choices have expanded to express her passion and designs now in the alluring charm of jewelry made with precious metals and enamel.
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Odin Lonning

Odin Lonning (Tlingit name Sh’now Taan) is an award-winning, professional Native artist and heritage specialist from Juneau, Alaska. He is Woosh Ke Taan (Eagle/Shark) Clan through his Tlingit mother, and he shares the name of his Norwegian father.

At age ten, Odin saw his first traditional dance performance. This motivated him to explore Tlingit art. Local native artists such as Lincoln and Amos Wallace, Johnny Avatok, and Nathan Jackson inspired him, along with the culture centers and museums in Ketchikan, Haines, and Sitka.

In 1989 Odin attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe, he collaborated with another artist to form Wolfsong Arts. They exhibited in larger powwows, juried invitationals, and museum shows throughout the West and Midwest.

Seeking a deeper understanding of the culture essential to his artwork, Odin started dancing and learning traditional songs. He first danced with the Juneau Tlingit Dancers in 1992, and later with Seattle-based Ku-Tee-Ya Dancers. He currently dances with the Xudzidaa Kwaan dance group of Angoon, Alaska.

Odin works in traditional and contemporary media including carved wooden boxes, bowls, wall panels, masks, paddles, and totems. He also paints drums and originals, does graphic design for jewelry and furniture as well as creates etched glass and copper pieces. Odin lives on Vashon Island near Seattle, where he works on multiple projects and private commissions. He also does cultural presentations like Keet Shu-ka with his wife for nonprofit groups, museums, schools, galleries, and treatment centers.
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T. Martino

T. Martino is of Osage Wahzhazhe ancestry and has performed wolf rescue for more than twenty years including three years field work with wolves. She has been creating and selling primitive line drawings since 1991. Internationally, she is currently selling her artwork to collectors, art shows and galleries.
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Joseph Mayer

Joseph Mayer skillfully represents an important Native American symbol, the totem pole, in fine metal jewelry. We invite you to browse our collection of Mayer's totem and other metal art designs.
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Jan Miller

Jan Miller is a talented nature artist with extensive credentials including a B.S. Degree in Biology & Chemistry from Western Washington University and a certificate for Scientific Illustration from the University of Washington. Ms. Miller has illustrated numerous books and is considered one of the nation's top natural science artists.
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Lillian Pitt

Lillian Pitt is a Native American artist from the Big River, known today as the Columbia River, region of the Pacific Northwest. Born on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, she is a descendent of Wasco, Yakima, and Warm Springs people. In her work Lillian depicts traditional characters known to her ancestors who were traders and innovators. Lillian honors her ancestors by carrying on their tradition of exchanging goods and ideas through her art.
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Tracy Powell

Tracy Powell is a self-taught carver. He has studied under and worked for the Samish Indian Nation for 30 years. He produces fine masks, paddles and plaques. His interests are mainly in Salish designs.
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Kayla Shadow

Kayla Shadow is a very sensitive artist who sees beauty in all of nature. To quote Ms. Shadow, "The shadow is the earth spirit that watches over and protects all living creatures. As we pass on and leave the earth, so do our shadows fade to darkness. My shadow jewelry art is a tribute to all of earth's creatures so they may remain alive in our hearts and souls forever."
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Amos Wallace

Amos Wallace was a noted Tlingit carver and member of the Raven Clan and started carving in 1938 at the age of 18. He has carved many totem poles that still stand today at museums across the United States. Mr. Wallace has served as president-elect of the Alaska Native Arts and Craft Association. Although Wallace passed away in 2004, his legacy lives on through his timeless art.
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Bill Wilson

Bill J. Wilson was Tlingit Chief of the Choo Ka Na Dee Clan. He was born at Dundas Bay, Alaska in his parent's fishing camp. Raised in Hoonah, where he was a fisherman, trapper and hunter all of his life, he learned the art of carving totem poles and engraving bracelets from his father, Jacob. In the 1940's, with the encouragement of his wife Elsie, he began to take his engraving seriously and his pieces became highly sought after by national dignitaries such as Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower. Bill has since passed away but his art continues to live on through our collection.
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Frank Woll

Frank Woll has dedicated himself to the creation of fine art prints, architectural sculpture and graphic design for commission in the unique tradition of Northwest Coastal form and line design. His translation of contemporary technologies in print making, sculpture and architectural illustration to the visual vocabulary of ancient design techniques create evocative visions to elegantly and deeply engage the viewer.
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