“This sculpture is to acknowledge my respect for the elders and my appreciation for gifts of stone. My pieces are usually always carved from stone that originates from Labrador, but every once in a while I am given stone which means so much to me. The parka hood is made from Newfoundland anhydrite gifted to me by Michael Massie, a Labrador artist I respect and consider my mentor.
“The small chip of Baffin Island serpentine comes from a bigger piece of stone gifted to me by Henry Ford. I had never met Henry but I had respect for him as I was aware of his friendship and support to the Inuit artists in Baker Lake. I heard he had read my exhibition catalogue, liked my sculptures, knew I was from Labrador, and then mailed me this piece of stone. I know he had a special connection to Labrador, as I believe his family originated from Naqvak on the northern tip of Labrador in the early 1800s and that he lived much of his life in the Arctic including Labrador. His piece of stone is being held in a small mitten shape representing the gift but it also represents an amulet of knowledge around the neck of the elder.”
Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.
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