Tate, Russell (Floyd)
Russell Tate is a member of the Ditidaht First Nation, originating from Nitinath, a small village on the coast of a Vancouver Island. He stated carving in 2004, mainly self taught which really allowed him to develop his own style, inspired by artists such as Art Thompson. Today he is specializing in masks, paddles and totem poles. Together with his wife Sheryl (McKay) Tate who herself is a well known master weaver of cedar bark and grass, he is harvesting his own material, red and yellow cedar in the rainforests of Vancouver Island. During his career in this art work, he worked with Ben David and Cecil Dawson on various projects. His pieces of Art are easy recognizable due to the beautiful carving and clean painting. He developed his own style always keeping the traditional way in mind. It was great listening to his stories from the Pitch Woman and others which he learned as child from his grandmother – he’s just a very gentle and kind soul, a pleasure to be around and I’m honored to have met him.
Beautiful Wind and Tide Moon by Russell Tate
Wind and Tide Moon by Russell Tate