In 1984 I arrived on the coast with all my possessions in my kayak and a dream of paddling to Alaska. My first day on the water was a day in wonderland and of falling in love with the coast’s beauty. Since then I have been inspired to focus on creating carvings that reflect this beauty.
Kayaking allowed me to travel quietly, gently and observe sea life in its own world on its own terms, an opportunity to absorb the spirit of these wonderful sea creatures. I strive to translate that spirit in every piece I carve. Living out of my kayak that first summer, surrounded by wood and inspiration with plenty of time, carving seemed such a natural fit. Initially I used nothing more than my pocket knife, carving driftwood, creating small pieces, often leaving pieces behind as a gift back to nature.
For years I lived and travelled in the Broughton Archipelago on various small vessels. Living a simple life in wild and remote places I was able to carve constantly.
My style has been inspired by the sea, its sleek smooth curves and fluid grace.
Several years ago I moved ashore to my home in the lovely village of Sointula. Owning land and having a permanent home allowed me to build a carving studio. Since then I have been able to expand the complexity, range, scale and volume of my carvings. I carve full time, creating commissioned pieces for clients from all over the world in public and private collections.
I enjoy working closely with my clients to create one of kind carvings that incorporate their ideas, visions and my inspiration.
It has long been a dream of living a simple creative life in a beautiful place.
I am living that dream daily ~ Tim Motchman
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