Gary Peterson was born a member of the Kwagiulth Nation in Alert Bay, British Columbia, in 1974. He has been given the Sisiutl, Raven, Whale, and Sun as his family crests. His grandfather, Alvin Alfred, honoured him with the rights to the Kwagiulth dance Hawina Lat.
Gary remembers longing to be an artist as a young child watching the elders carve and listening to their stories. He began carving in 1989, and made it his career in 1992.
Gary apprenticed under such masters as Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick. His preferred mediums are cedar and alder, and his style is bold and bright. Gary’s work is on display throughout the northwest and in private collections around the world.