I grew up in an artistic family, and followed in the footsteps of by father and great Uncle Sonny Macdonald when I started bone carvings. Around 2010, I trained myself to carve caribou antler and feel I have really found my niche. It is very satisfying when I am done and the antler is pretty stylish on its own. That is what I like about it.
I mainly carve depictions of my homeland of Wood Buffalo National Park. The land and its animals inspire me. Bison and eagles are my signature creations. There is something about the fact that the antler would have rotted away or be covered by vegetation – and now it is here for all to see and I am proud of being able to make that happen.
I really need to have a clean mindset when I detail my carvings and it takes a lot out of me. Sometimes I have a plan and other times I see it in the natural grain of the antler. I draw on antler to centre my image but I do most of my carvings freehand.
I like to sell my work myself. I love to meet the people and I think they get a more well-rounded experience when I am able to talk about the art I have made.