Alano Edzerza, Tahltan
Alano, a Tahltan artist belonging to the Raven clan, has been immersed in Northwest Coast Native art from a very young age. At 13, Alano received a sculpture award from the School Board of Victoria. From there, his talent grew into a professional career under the tutelage of his cousin, Terrance Campbell, an accomplished jeweler and carver. In 2002 Alano attended a prominent jewlry-making school in Arizona under the instruction of Rick Charlie.
Consequent to completing this course, he began working wtih northern and southern descent artists, such as Jay Simeon, Marcel Russ, Philip Gray, Cory Bulpitt, Beau Dick, Mark Preston and Dempsey Bob, a leading contributor of knowledge and education to the next generation of artists from the Tahltan Nation. Bob collaborated on various projects with the artists, who in turn greatly inspired him to revisit the pursuit of his own artwork.
Currently, Alano shares his studio space with accomplished jewelry carver, Rick Adkins, who is instructing him on refining his designing skills. Alano continues to grow as an artist and to challenge his abilites. This has certainly progressed his artwork to another level among his peers. His pursuit of original paintings has led him to create graphics and works in the contemporary medium of glass.