Featured Artist - Phyllis Atkins

"My traditional name is Qwoy'tic'a (pronounced K-why-deet-za), it means that "I wear the clouds" or "shrouded in clouds." This name was given to me after I was born by my grandfather
Hereditary Chief Anthony Joe from Shackan Band, in Spences Bridge, BC. Qwoy'tic'a was my
great grand Aunt and she lived to be 112 years old.


In 1996, I began oil painting lessons from Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until I opened my own studio in 2012 - K’wy’i’y’e Spring Salmon Studio. In 2001, I had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC. I'm very grateful for the gift Derek shared with me and I will continue to carve in his honour.

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The Creator has blessed me by bringing people into my life who have shared with me their gifts and I will always cherish them. As an Indigenous Artist I am influenced by the deep connection to my ancestors, my community and my family, but most of all I am inspired by my husband Drew Atkins who is the best partner in life my soulmate, a wonderful father and friend, a brilliant carver and artist. Together we are on this great journey with our 3 children, our art, our hopes, and dreams and we continue to grow and learn from each other and from our children, always moving forward."