A Non-Native Working In A Native Tradition
Dale Faustitch honors the indigenous people of the Northwest coast of North America by creating art in their tradition.
Sophisticated woodworking art
The indigenous people of the Northwest coast of North America created a unique art form that goes back long before contact with Euro-Americans. This sophisticated art embodies the realm between the natural and the supernatural; where distinctions between humans and animals are obscured. This dynamic imagery is expressed in a style as rhythmic and flowing as it is complex.
I moved to the Northwest Coast in the early 1970s. My home and studio are located on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, where I live with my wife, Heather, and where we raised our children. I've been earning my living as an artist/woodcarver/sculptor for more than 35 years. Intrigued by this wonderful Northwest Coast art form, my objective as an artist is to create original, contemporary objects inspired by long established aboriginal themes. I also wish to pay homage to the culture that once flourished here on the Northwest Coast, and to the ancient, mostly anonymous, masters that helped to create this culture.
As a non-native working in a native tradition, I've had the privilege and honor to enjoy a unique relationship with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Sequim, Washington. For more than 20 years we've collaborated on numerous art projects, including art works for a casino, medical and dental clinics, community center, social services buildings, market and deli, a golf course, and many more.