Ron Telek began carving wood in high school and has been carving seriously as an artist since 1985. Acclaimed Nisga’a artist, Norman Tait, is both Ron’s matrilineal uncle and primary teacher. After a near-death experience, Ron began to focus on the subjects of transformation and shamanism. Most of Ron’s contemporary works are based on his spiritual beliefs and Nisga’a legends involving the supernatural. In the early 1990s, he completed a sculpture course at Langara College, in Vancouver, to learn sculpting techniques used in Japan and Africa.