Joel Good is a traditional Coast Salish Artist, from the Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) First nation. he resides in Nanaimo B.C., where he carves to engage his passion for this rare, seldom practiced art form.
His family crest is the two headed eagle. He works in the original Coast Salish style, One that has been revitalized by his Father and mentor, Master carver and historian, William Good. All of Joel’s designs are derived from the traditional legends taught to him and through extensive research into the original archived style. Another significant source of inspiration is his mother, Artist and painter, Sandra Moorhouse-Good, Who herself had been trained as a classical painter by her Grandfather.
As a child, Joel grew up in an Art studio where his parents produced and sold art work, and provided for there largecombined family. They had stations for many art forms, including painting,printmaking, pottery, and carving. Among many other media, Joel practiced sketching were he learned the importance of accurate design. As a teenager, his parents ran a successful wholesale and retail art busines were they produced a line of Coast Salish clothing and jewellery under the name of Ay Ay Mut”. Although his teachings were broadened to have a greater understanding of art in multi-media, he made the decision upon embarking into his art quest to practice the traditional Coast Salish style.
Joel carves in red and yellow cedar, and mixes his paints in the traditional Coast Salish colors (black, white, red, yellow and teal). He bends his own steam-bent
boxes in the customary style of his tribe. Joel’s art work is the perfect combination of his traditional Coast Salish root and his familys classical painting origin. He uses all of his influences to have his own unique traditional style, which blends the teachings of both his parents. He combines accuracy, passion, and inspiration to create every masterpiece.