I grew up around art, and am a self-taught artist. I am from the remote arctic community of Sachs Harbour, Northwest Territories. As a young boy, I sat and watched my father, Frank Carpenter, carve caribou antler, musk-ox horn and whale bone. It was with his help that I created my first carving; I was only 9 years old.
When I was 14, I stumbled upon an arts festival in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, which featured soapstone carvers. I would sit there for hours on end watching all the other artists create beautiful works of art. It was then that I truly fell in love with my medium of choice, soapstone.
I believe that every piece of artwork evokes emotion, whether it’s the artist’s or the person who connects with it. Every carving seems to take on a life of it’s own. I just hope that one day, when I’m gone, those who view my art will know that I left a part of my heart and soul in that piece of stone.