Born in 1967, Joe Wilson is a talented young Coast Salish artist born in Koksilah, near Duncan on Vancouver Island. He's a member of the Cowichan Band.
His interest in art began in elementary school. Joe first caved at seventeen and is basically self-taught, although he worked under the guidance and was influenced by such talented artists as Simon Charlie, Tim Paul and Jim Gilbert. He has studied Salish art extensively through literature and museum collections. Joe is actively involved in the winter dance ceremonies of his people.
A soft-spoken young man, his work speaks of confidence and strength, and he has developed a unique and original style with bold and unconventional colors that are rich and appealing. His work is authentic by Native tradition and also an artistic communication link between cultures.
He currently resides on the Tsartlip reserve near Victoria where he continues to paint and carve cedar.