Cultural Group: Northern Tutchone / Dene  

Nacho Nyak Dun First Nations and belongs to the Wolf clan.

  Born: December 15, 1985

  Birthplace: Whitehorse, Yukon
  Currently Residing: Whitehorse, Yukon
  Artist Bio:

Justien’s creativity was obvious at a very young age. Ever since she can remember she has enjoyed drawing and painting. In 2007 Justien started carving. She spent 2 years as a student in the Sundog Carving program, learning from teachers such as: Calvin Morberg, Vernon Asp, Victor Reece and Wayne Price. In spring 2009, Justien was invited to Pender Island to apprentice under Master Carver Victor Reece for four months. In the summer of 2009, Justien returned home to the Yukon to join the Sundog Carvers and Master Carver Wayne Price in building a 30 ft. red cedar canoe. In 2011, Justien became a mother to a beautiful baby boy Eli Daniel Wills Skookum. She is now a full-time stay at home mom, working on her artwork and enjoying life.

Justien has been inspired by many different artists. One of her biggest inspirations was her teacher , her mentor, and friend the late, Victor Reece. “Victor believed in me and helped me gain confidence in my artwork. Vic played a big role in my artistic life and I am very blessed to have known him.” Justien is not only inspired by the people in her life but by all the many gifts of nature, the four elements: earth, air, fire and water and all living creatures.

Justien does acrylic paintings and carves paddles, rattles, panels, masks and combs out of many types of wood including red/yellow cedar, birch, and basswood.


Artist Statement:

“My art expresses my passion for my ancestry, community, family and most of all, my son."

-Justien Senoa Wood