Cultural Group: Coast Salish  
  Born: October 18, 1954
  Birthplace: Mt. Vernon, WA
  Currently Residing: Fraser Valley, BC
  Artist Statement

“I am a self-taught artist, developing and refining my techniques and creativity through study and admiration of the powerful and beautiful Salish art form. I carve with cedar and alder wood, producing three dimensional poles and masks. Every graphic and carving is an original and unique creation reflecting my Salish heritage and tradition. With the re-emergence of little known Salish Art we are laying the foundation, honouring and recognizing past, present and future Salish artists. Scholars, private collectors, galleries and the general public are witness to the development of tradition in the making.”

-Francis Horne Sr.


Francis Horne was raised in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada and began carving in 1973. He is largely self-taught but was greatly influenced by Simon Charlie, a prominent Chief and accomplished Salish artist, Francis has produced numerous major totem poles and smaller wood sculptures for public, corporate and private international commissions. The city of Duncan, known as the “City of Totem Poles,” has five of his poles. His work is known for its elaborate detail and precise incisions.
Francis teaches carving at a local college and is an active practitioner of First Nations spirituality.