q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s traditional name means that “I wear the clouds like a blanket”. She is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation.
Phyllis was taught how to paint by Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until she opened her own studio in 2012. In 2001, she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC.
q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ is influenced by the deep connection to her ancestors, the community, and her family, but most of all she is inspired by her husband Drew Atkins.
“Together we are on this great journey with our three children, our art, our hopes, and dreams and we continue to grow and learn from each other and from our children, always moving forward.” says Phyllis.
Nəq̓ɑɬc̓i is a member of Kwantlen First Nation community by marriage to his wife, Phyllis Atkins. A visual artist, sculptor and carver, he apprenticed under renowned Master Carver Xwa-lack-tun (Rick Harry) for eight years, learning the Coast Salish style of carving.
Atkins also has extensive experience in the film industry, where he utilised a variety of innovative mediums, broadening his artistic style and experience while learning unique problem-solving skills.
With his wife, he co-owns and operates k’wy’i’y’e Spring Salmon Studio & Gallery on Kwantlen land in Fort Langley.
In his time working for səýeḿ, the economic arm of Kwantlen First Nation, Atkins has played a vital role in many departments and is currently the Manager of Special Projects and Resource Development.