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One of life’s most rewarding experiences is collecting fine art, and sometimes it’s best to take a little more time to make these acquisitions with ease. We understand and want to do everything possible to make collecting your next artwork more comfortable. At Coastal Peoples Gallery, we offer an interest-free layaway program and offer flexible terms which can be customized to your individual needs.
Thomas Cannel 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.
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 trained alongside carver John Livingston, learning carver and chainsaw work.
Thomas has attended Langara College and Capliano University, studying many aspects of art, from art history to graphic design. He recently graduated with a Diploma in Tourism Management from Capilano University, reflecting his passion for the environment and his belief in the importance of eco-friendly tourism.
Thomas enjoys the challenge of every artistic medium that comes before him, but currently his primary interest is in working with wood and perfecting his technique, as he finds every aspect of woodwork irresistible.
The Beaver appears in Northwest mythology and is a family crest in many regions throughout the Northwest Coast. According to legend, the first Beaver was a woman, whose husband frequently went on long hunting and fishing trips. In his absence, his lonely wife took solace swimming, enlarging her pond with a dam and building her own water dwelling. Eventually, she transformed into a Beaver and their children were Beaver People, founding the Beaver lineage.
In mythology, they are often associated with the powerful undersea supernatural beings and the magic Giant Beaver can cause natural disaster with one slap of its wide, strong tail. Characterisically, the Beaver is known to keep to himself and cares little for the activities of the humans, except when they are directly affected. Thus, they often give wise advice so it is important to listen when they do decide to speak.