Williams, Leon Cyle
Leon Williams is a member of the Ditidaht First Nations, originating from Port Alberni, a small town in British Columbia on Vancouver Island. He was born 1983 into a large family of artists. He is the fourth generation of artists in his family – very talented, learned by watching his family members, especially his father, Harry T. Williams, registered to the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. His mother’s name is Elizabeth Dick. She creates first nations arts and crafts from the Pacific Northwest coast. Leon’s grandfathers come from the Ditidaht First Nation. His grandmother Marie Clappis originated from the Huu-ay-aht Nation. Leon’s mother is a registered member of the Tseshaht, that’s where his mother’s parents lived. His grandparents, Thomas Joseph and Veronica Guss from his mother’s side also come from a long line of carvers.
Leon started carving at a very early age and has already more than 10 years experience in carving masks, plaques, paddles and totem poles. It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with him. He clearly loves his art and stays within the tradition of his family while already integrating his own style. He certainly has a successful career ahead of him and we are honored to present some of his art.
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