May 4, 1982
Bella Coola, BC
Jarrod comes from a line of artists: he started carving under the guidance of his uncle, Skip Saunders, and his grandfather was artist Silyas Saunders. He began drawing and carving in 1997. His Indigenous name, Nusmata, translates to ‘Sacred Longhouse’. He has worked with Salish artists Doug Horne and Doug LaFortune on Vancouver Island. He enjoys using bright colours and atypical media. For example, he has carved several cedar surfboards and often paints his wall panels with unconventional colours such as teal and purple.