Malynn Foster

Malynn Foster

Malynn Wilbur-Foster is a Salish artist from the Squaxin Island and Skokomish Nations. She grew up on the Skokomish reservation and is the daughter of master artists Andy and Ruth Wilbur-Peterson. Totally immersed in her culture since birth, art is more than an expression it’s a language passed on through the generations.

She began carving and weaving at the age of three. Some of her earliest memories are of sitting with her family learning from master weavers, and spending time in her dad’s carving shop at his work bench learning how to carve. Early on in her art career she focused much of her attention on the weavings of her people, the techniques, materials, history and traditional designs and dyes. She has gone on to work in many mediums such as jewelry, graphics, carving, pastels, graphite and acrylic on canvas. Her lifestyle is strongly rooted in traditional values and teachings of her family and people. She lives by the traditional seasons hunting, fishing, gathering and her art often reflects the season she is in. She spends lots of time connecting to her ancestors and the gifts of her culture, by spending time in the mountains, the woods and on the water.

She’s always looking for new ways to tell the stories of her people fusing traditions and technology. Everything she has learned has been the traditional way under mentors that are masters in their fields. Some of them include her parents, Andy and Ruth Wilbur Peterson, Master weavers, Richard Cultee (Skokomish) and Lisa Telford (Haida) and Master artist Guy Capoeman (Quinault). She looks forward to continuing her life in art and culture. She enjoys working with her family creating art with her parents, husband, kids and now grandkids.