Thunderbird Mask by Randy Stiglitz, Cree First Nation
alder, cedar bark, pigment 21” high (with cedar bark) x 13” wide x 6.5 deep
Coast Salish Nation artist Randy Stiglitz was born in 1953 in Lesquiti Island, British Columbia. Randy’s family moved to the Capilano Indian Reserve at the age of eight and he began carving at the age of 15 under the guidance of local artists.
Randy credits the late master carver and hereditary chief Henry Hunt Sr. as being the single biggest influence in his unique carving style. Randy has now been carving for over 40 years and is a highly regarded artist, and master carver in his own right.
Randy continues to explore the carving traditions of the Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit cultures in tandem with his wife Janice Morin, who is herself a highly accomplished Coast Salish artist.His work emphasizes technique and detail, rather than specific cultural styles, and is most of all noted for his personal style seen in each piece he creates.