Alexander Cherrish

Cherish Alexander was born on September 16, 1987, in Terrace, B.C. Her mother is of German and Tsimshian ancestry. Cherish follows her mother's raven clan lineage. Her father is a killer whale and is predominately Gitxsan.

Cherish became interested in traditional art at a very young age. She drew inspiration from the ancient totem poles located in her home community of Gitwangak. Her first carving was done in her woodworking class in high school. She took it upon herself to carve a small totem without any instruction.

After high school, Cherish attended the then newly established (2007) Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at the Northwest community college of Terrace B.C. Cherish was the very first woman in a small class taught by renowned artists Stan Bevan, Dempsy Bob, and Ken Mcneil.

Cherish received a Vancouver YVR art scholarship award for 2010 and 2011. The award allowed her to continue her apprenticeship with Stan Bevan. She produced two pieces that have been displayed at the Vancouver airport.

Cherish now works as a full-time artist, and she has created (and sold) over 40 masks.

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