June 25, 1983
Juanita Ens began exploring her artistic heritage after graduating from high school in Vancouver. After researching Haida art, she began carving in copper. In early 2006, Juanita secured a one-year apprenticeship with Haida artist Jay Simeon, who taught her design and jewellery techniques. She works predominantly in silver at this point, but has a strong desire to begin working in argillite as well. On May 23, 2007, Juanita won a YVR Art Foundation Scholarship for her outstanding work.