Andy Peterson

Born in 1955 in Shelton, Washington, Andy Peterson, of Skokomish/Squaxin descent, began carving after being inspired by an exhibit of Northwest Coast art.

As a teenager, Andy helped gather materials with two well-known basket-makers, Louisa Pulsifer and Emily Miller.  Through this experience, and inspired by a tour of a museum exhibiting Northwest Coast art, Andy began exploring the art in its various forms.

In 1987 Andy graduated from Evergreen State College with a degree in Native American Studies.  While there he worked with Makah artist, Greg Colfax on a 12’ female welcoming figure for the Evergreen State College.  This project prompted his interest in researching Coast Salish style design and carving.  He also studied Salish art pieces made by his great-grandfather, Henry Allen.

Andy has taught both carving and painting classes over the years to people of all ages through various tribes and local schools.

Andy would like to give special thanks to the following: his mom, dad, grandfather, aunt Bertha, Creator, and Spirit Helpers for always being there for him.