Ron Wilson is a high-ranking Haida artist with over fifty years of experience carving in wood and argillite. In 1945, Wilson was born into the Stau’aas Xaadaga clan and is next in line to become Chief Cumshewa of the Eagle clan.
Ron developed an interest in argillite by watching the carvers around him; Tim Pearson, Ike Hans, Gordon Cross and Arthur Moody. His first work of art was sold in 1962 and currently his carvings sell internationally to private and public collections.
He attended the Vancouver School of Art from 1967 to 1969 where he learned painting techniques and jewelry design. Upon completing his studies at Vancouver School of Art, Ron moved to Victoria and studied wood carving with Henry Hunt Sr. for one and a half years at Thunderbird Park.
His crests are the Eagle, Hawk, Frog, Halibut, Hummingbird, Beaver, Cormorant, and the "T" formed by the raised part on a Copper.
A recent highlight of Ron’s career was the carving of a fifty-two-foot red cedar pole for the Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre in Skidegate.