- Totem Symbols: Killer Whale
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Artists: Wesley Wyse
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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Killer Whales or Orcas symbolize love of all types, representing romance, loyalty and close ties between family and friends. It offers protection to travelers far from home, helping to guide your journey back. In myth the Orca is closely linked to humans; it is said that those lost at sea are transformed into these whales and have gone to live in a underwater village. Seen as the guardian of the ocean, the Orca is a strong spirit, which symbolizes longevity, resiliency and knowing that you are not alone.
(Nation: Coast Salish) Wesley Wyse was born in Nanimo B.C. in 1980. He and was taught by his late stepfather, Coast Salish artist Joe Becker, whom he worked with until 2009. He later learned carving and engraving techniques from artist Kelvin Thompson. Wesley has developed his skills and carving techniques and has now established himself as a well known artist. He works in red and yellow cedar and carves totems, plaques, 3D sculpture and talking sticks. His work is known for it’s a high attention to detail, fine line work and and a clean finish.