Wayne Thomas was born in Cranbrook BC in 1974. His father
was Ojibwa and his mother, Interior Salish--Shushwap Band.
Wayne moved to Mayne Island when he was 5 years old.
He went to High School in Victoria and realized his talent
for art work under the tutelage of Victor Newman, Native
Art Teacher at Central and Victoria High Schools.
In 1990, the Native Indian Education Division of the Victoria
School District presented Wayne with the coveted Chief Henry
He worked with Victoria Carver, Ike Charlie, who
taught Wayne to carve in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth style.
Wayne has had the opportunity to carve with several
master carvers. He received warm encouragement from
Roy Henry Vickers.
Wayne works in wood and in silver. He has exhibited
his work in galleries in the Gulf Islands and in Victoria.
His works have travelled to many parts of Canada and
to other countries: Australia, Japan, Ireland and