Child's Paddle depicting Raven by Lawrence Scow, Kwakwaka'wakw
Child's Paddle depicting Raven by Leonard Scow, Kwakwaka'wakw yellow cedar, pigment 40" long x 6" wide x 1" deep
Kwakwaka’wakw Nation artist Leonard Scow was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in May 1962. He is the son of Rupert and Sarah Scow. Sarah’s grandfather was renowned carver and keeper of tradition Mungo Martin.
In his 20’s, after working on building log homes for a few years, he began a carving course under the tutelage of Wayne Alfred, Shawn Carps, Don Swanvick, and Vince Shaughnessy. Len was a quick learner, and was soon carving masks, totem poles, and a canoe.
His work shows bright colors and ovoid shapes of the Kwakwaka’wakw tradition. His preferred medium is red cedar, and in keeping with the way of his ancestors, he dresses his masks in cedar bark and feathers.
After three years of learning the intricate skills of carving, Leonard moved to Vancouver and was soon selling his work to art galleries throughout the Lower Mainland. He is happy now to be again living close to the wildness in the Lake Cowichan area of Vancouver Island.