Klatle-Bhi, pronounced “Klath-Bay”, is an artist of Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. He grew up exposed to the Kwakiutl culture of mask dancing, singing and potlatching; and has also played a prominent role in the recent revival of the sea-going canoe journeys in his respective cultures. Klatle-Bhi began his life as an artist studying the works of his ancestors featured in museums and galleries. He spent two years apprenticing with master carver Simon Dick and attributes a large part of his success to this time and opportunity. Klatle- Bhi spent many hours with artists Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, Wade Baker and Rick Harry absorbing their understanding and knowledge of native culture. His uncle, T. Richard Baker has shared with Klatle-Bhi the knowledge he gained over a period of many years working with renowned Haida artists Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Jim Hart.
In his carving, which he has evolved over 15 years, Klatle-Bhi is committed to the spiritual and cultural expression of his ancestors. Many of his pieces express his own personal and spiritual journey as well. Over the years, Klatle-Bhi has developed a style of carving, which is unique and distinctive. It is his goal to achieve the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry that this cultural medium will allow. He believes that his journey as an artist has just begun. Klatle-Bhi’s work may be found in public and private collections through out the world.