(b. 1953, Tsawout, Coast Salish)
Douglas LaFortune was born in Bellingham, Washington, USA. He spent his childhood in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, B.C. LaFortune’s artistic training includes studying at Camosun College and as an apprentice of the renowned Salish carver Simon Charlie. Since 1973, LaFortune has been working as an artist in several mediums, including carving, drawing, painting, and serigraphy. Several of his totem poles stand in Duncan, British Columbia. At the University of Victoria, his welcome figures stand at the entrance of First Peoples House.
See LaFortune’s artwork in Out of the Frame here.