Thomas Cannell is a young Coast Salish artist who was born on Musqueam traditional territory in 1980. He has spent his whole life on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver BC, and has been immersed in the long-established art and cultural traditions of his Musqueam ancestors. He has was one of the recipients of the 2014 British Columbia
Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ artists.
Thomas has worked alongside his mother, Coast Salish artist Susan Point, spending many hours training and honing his skills as a carver and designer. Beginning his career as a young apprentice carver, he worked on many large-scale public art works, beginning in 1995 with “Flight”, the 17’ spindle whorl commissioned for the Vancouver International Airport. He has also learned alongside carver John Livingston, challenging carving and chainsaw carving techniques
Thomas has attended Langara College, and Capilano University, studying many aspects of art, from art history, to photography, to graphic design. Thomas graduated “Tourism Management” from Capilano University, reflecting his passion for the environment and his belief in the importance of eco-friendly tourism and sustainability. Northern Vancouver Island is where Thomas has spent time milling thousand year old cedar trees prepping for cultural purposes.