Totem depicting Owl by Francis Horne, Coast Salish Nation
Totem depicting Owl, 2016, Francis Horne, Coast Salish Nation, hand carved red cedar, 48” h x 18.75” w x 11.5” d
Born on October 18, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Washington and raised in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.
Francis began carving in 1972 and credits the late Simon Charlie, an accomplished artist and prominent Chief as an influential mentor. Largely self-taught, Francis gained his knowledge and mastery of carving and design through study of the Salish art form.
Francis has been providing instruction in all aspects of carving for the past forty years. He is carving instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. The Indigenous Arts Certificate is the first university level First Nations art course in Canada.
Francis has received international attention with collectors globally. His creative artwork can be found in Singapore, Italy, Colombia and North America. The city of Duncan, known as the “City of Totem Poles,” includes five of his poles.
Residing in the Fraser Valley, Francis enjoys a successful career as a master carver, tool craftsman and graphic designer. His reputation for elaborate detail, precise incisions and original design reflects both his expertise and dedication to maintaining a high standard of quality and collectivity of his artwork.