August 8, 1963
Prince Rupert, BC
James Adkins' crests are Raven, Bear, and Killerwhale. He has been carving since 1993, and he attained much of his knowledge from his brother, Alvin Adkins. James is primarily known for his jewellery. He has been greatly influenced by Tahltan/Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob and his mother, Margaret Adkins. In June of 2007, James collaborated with Vancouver designer Jason Dussault to create a line of exclusive jewellery that combined Haida imagery with pop-culture aesthetics. James makes many of his own engraving tools, and his work is characterized by its heavy gauge, bold form lines, and precision.