Born in 1955 in Shelton, Washington, Andy Wilbur Peterson is a member of the Skokomish (Twana) tribe, a group of Salish-speaking people living on Hood Canal, Washington. 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 his people’s traditional 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 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 Wilbur-Peterson Native Art Gallery is at 60 N Hurley Hill Rd., Skokomish, WA 98584. Contact him on Facebook.