At a very young age, Jared Kane was inspired by his grandfather,
Harvey Kane. His grandfather was a quadriplegic who created unique
art designs with a computer using a wooden stick. Following in his
grandfather’s footsteps, Jared now creates amazing Northwest Coast
art. An emerging artist from the Ta!an Kwach!an Council, Jared was
born in Whitehorse in 1988 and has lived in the small northern city all
of his life. He has also spent a significant amount of time in Haines
Junction, Yukon and also in Klukshu.
Having had completed the Carving Our Path Program in 2007, Jared
continued to create his own unique art in the advanced carving
program, Journey Far. For the short amount of time that Jared spent
with the Sundog Carving Program, he had the opportunity to work with
some amazing artists. Having been taught by artists such as Vernon
Asp, Ken Anderson, Louis McKenna, and Master Carver Wayne Price,
Jared has created many Northwest Coast artworks including masks, panels, plaques, signs, and paddles. He was also a part
of the 2009 Dugout Canoe Project.
Being of the Crow Clan, Jared prefers to work particularly with raven
designs, but also enjoys trying new ideas and working with the many
different art forms that Northwest Coast art has to offer. Although most
of Jared’s carving time went into his own work at the carving studio,
Jared also spent a significant amount of time teaching his skills to
young students from the Elijah Smith Elementary School.
Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, 2012. Artist photo courtesy Dean Heron.