Jason Hunt is a native of Fort Rupert, near Port Hardy B.C., on Vancouver Island. He is of Kwaguilth descent.
After graduating form high school in 1991, Jason went on to pursue his post secondary education in the field of business administration at Camosun College. It was during his summer break of 1994 that Jason became intrigued by his family’s artistic heritage.
Jason was in the process of seeking summer employment when he decided to visit his father, Kwaguilth artist Stan Hunt. While watching his father design and carve traditional pieces, Jason became interested in the craft. When he tried his own hand at the work, he discovered he had the natural talent that has been passed down in his family for generations. This influenced Jason to decide in favor of expanding his knowledge of his people and their artistic heritage. Under the tutelage of his father, Jason Hunt began his carving career.
Striving to maintain the integrity and authenticity of his work, Jason verses himself in the significance of each piece he creates. Each is accompanied by the symbolism and relevant legend from the Kwaguilth culture as this artist has interpreted them.
Out of respect for traditional methods, Jason limits the use of power tools to rough out his works and use the knife for the completion of the piece – instead of sandpaper. He plans to continue enhancing his skills and knowledge, under the direction of his father and hopes to move on to his main goal of becoming a totem carver.