Coast Salish Artist: Charlene Johnny, Quw’utsun Tribes
Charlene Johnny is a Coast Salish artist from the Quw’utsun Tribes of Vancouver Island, BC.
She has apprenticed under well known artists and has formal art training from Native Education
College. She began her career in 2012 when she won two artist grants from the YVR Art
Foundation under mentorship of Alano Edzerza and Tsema Igharas working with graphic
design, photography, glass and textiles. In 2018 she graduated NEC’s Jewellery Arts program
under the tutelage of Jon Erikson and Sharifah Marsden. Not only did she study silver and
copper carving, she also became a muralist, and apprentice in the medium of painting with
Maynard Johnny. With her interdisciplinary approach to art, she will continue to work in various
mediums to explore and express her ancestral artwork through a number of contemporary ways.