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Enjoy the original artwork throughout our lodge. Annually we offer an opportunity for an artist to seek artistic inspiration from the Khutzeymateen Wilderness. Embrace unique styles from previous artists as you explore each piece, and witness how these inspired artworks seamlessly blend with the natural beauty surrounding our lodge. 

OUR ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Joan Billey Painting
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Wooden Surface

For 25 years, Leah Pipe has lived in the coastal mountain ranges of northern BC :: in a small town called Hazelton. Her community is located in the heart of Gitxsan territory with an incredible river running through it, the Skeena River. She works as a professional artist + graphic designer - she's the fourth generation of Pipes to live in Hazelton.

​Leah has the Heart of a Raven - creative, curious and drawn to beauty. Her work is both simple and detailed, capturing natural elements and portraying them in a striking, yet minimalistic layout. Leah considers herself to be a portrait painter - portraits of wild beings. She aims to force her viewers to truly examine the micro-amazing details of a feather, a raven's beak, snow-capped mountains, salmon tails and the shapes of wolves' ears. It's the small details found in nature that inspire Leah to share her art with others. 

LEAH PIPE

- 2023 -

Leah Pipe Painting
Joan Billey Paiting

JOAN BILLEY

Joan Billey was born in Fort St John, BC and moved to Terrace in 1992.

Billey loves and is inspired by the people and landscapes of the west coast of BC.  Spending time in the outdoors in this stunning area inspires her art and lifts her soul. She has not settled on one medium and experiments with acrylic, oil, watercolour, and coloured pencils. She also enjoys time in the pottery studio and knitting and sewing at home. 

When not participating in artistic endeavours, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and kayaking. 

- 2019 -

Wooden Surface

MARIE-CHRISTINE CLAVEAU

Marie-Christine, born in La Baie, Québec, has painted since childhood. In 2001, she embarked on a North American journey in a VW van, living in Squamish. Her art adorned café walls, friends' vans, and natural elements. Seeking space and growth, she settled in Rossland, owning her studio. She balanced her love for the ocean by planting trees on the BC coast. In 2006, she moved to the Skeena Region with her husband and daughter, working on a homestead. Now, in her sunlit family studio, Marie focuses on acrylic paintings.

- 2018 -

Marie Christine Claveau Paiting
Kelli Clifton Painting

KELLI CLIFTON

Kelli Clifton, born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC, has a diverse heritage, her mother European, her father Gitga’ata from Hartley Bay. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and worked as an Aboriginal Youth Intern for BC Arts Council and First Peoples’ Cultural Council. At the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, she honed wood carving and design. Recognized with awards like the YVR Art Youth Scholarship, her career thrives with grants from various councils. Her art is a medium for storytelling, reflecting her coastal upbringing and experiences as a First Nations woman. She now resides in Prince Rupert, teaching art and cultural practices to children in the local school district.

- 2017 -

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