Northwest Coast Art

Northwest Coast Art

In 1997 I was a new employee at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle when I met my future husband, Scott Jensen. He came in one day with a delivery of new artwork; we'd scheduled an artist lecture for him that evening. Prior to that day I hadn't seen any of his carvings and was immediately taken by his perspective on an art form I was only beginning to understand. I stayed for his lecture, which focused on his travels along the Pacific Northwest Coast from Washington up the Inside Passage of Alaska by boat. His affinity for the land he grew up in, and the journey his love of that land had carried him on gave me the feeling that in the very depths of my soul I knew the deepest parts of him. Though it was love at first sight for me, that lecture was the beginning of a great friendship that blossomed into a loving partnership. He has given many lectures and presentations over the 14 years we've been together and each one is different and engaging. I fall in love with him a little more each time I hear his story.

Scott will bring his imagery and anecdotes to the Jansen Art Center on Tuesday, October 14th, 6:30-7:30pm for the "How It's Made" artist lecture series. Scott has been carving in the Tlingit style for over 40 years, his works are in public and private collections worldwide. Scott will share the sources of inspiration for his carvings; his presentation will include a demonstration of indigenous style carving tools and recent as well as historic photographs from the Northwest Coast.

Scott has a solo exhibit of masks coming up at the Stonington Gallery; the exhibit opens First Thursday, November 6th, with an artist reception from 6-8pm.

For more information regarding these events, contact the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA at 360-354-3600 or the Stonington Gallery in Seattle, WA at 866-405-4485.

Click here to go to Scott's website. carved by Scott Jensen.


Early morning in a secluded cove, Haida Gwaii, BC.


Scott in the mossy forests of Haida Gwaii.


Bentwood box carved by Scott Jensen.


Ancient totem poles at the village of SGaang Gwaii, Haida Gwaii, BC.



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