Indigenous artist John Marston in his Chemainus studio.The painting behind him is by his friend, Ladysmith artist Dennis Brown. In front of him are architectural plans for new artist studios in Ladysmith that he is helping to design. Don Denton photo.

Rising from the storm

Stz’uminus artist John Marston

  • Sep. 28, 2022 7:30 a.m.

– Words by Sean McIntyre Photography by Don Denton

Clichés about weathering the storm and emerging stronger are commonplace, but most are supposed to be metaphors about grinding away through adversity and overcoming obstacles. Few, if any, are about actually picking up the pieces after a devastating windstorm.

Four years ago, Stz’uminus carver John Marston was enjoying the rewards of a lifetime devoted to leaving his mark on a cultural tradition that stretches back thousands of years.

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