Born 1944 in Burns Lake, British Columbia, Larry and his family are members of the Lake Babine band of the Carrier nation. Larry began carving at an early age, under the guidance of his grandfather who carved canoes.
While Larry’s career as a carver flourished he also honed his printmaking skills. The Northwest Coast Artist Guild released two series of his prints, establishing him as an outstanding multimedia artist. Printmaking led Larry to see how valuable it is to have artists involved in the printing industry. He expanded this concept by purchasing Screencraft Printing Ltd. and producing prints for many local artists. His aptitude for teaching and mentoring other artists grew, eventually training twelve artists in two-dimensional design and tool making.
Even after moving back to Lake Babine in 1987, Larry was heavily involved in the Northwest Coast Artist Guild, the Northwest Coast Indian Cultural Society, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Society of British Columbia. At this time, he apprenticed under master Haida carver Robert Davidson, assisting him on many commissions. Larry’s work with Robert provided him with the knowledge and techniques specific to the northern style. He also worked under Doug Cranmer, learning Kwakwaka’wakw style. However, Larry continued to draw inspiration from his Carrier heritage and incorporated traditional designs in his work. He often recreated artifacts from the Hazelton region.
Larry’s carved pieces primarily consisted of Bentwood Boxes, Feast Dishes, wall panels, and masks. He also occasionally made furniture. Towards the end of his life, he was commissioned to create a large Beaver panel by the Vancouver Stock Exchange, which was featured on their Annual Report. Larry has had exhibitions and commissions displayed across Canada, including at the Vancouver International Airport. He will be forever remembered as an outstanding artist and invaluable mentor.