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Maynard Johnny Jr. is a member of the Penelakut Band (Salish) at Kuper Island, B.C. He was born in 1973 in Campbell River, and now lives in Chemaimis, B.C. and in Vancouver, B.C. where he is a mentor with the Skwachays Artist in Residence Program. His mother is from Cape Mudge on Quadra Island and his father is from Kuper Island. Maynard is a self-taught artist who has been working on his art since his teens. He is inspired by Robert Davidson, Art Thompson, Richard Hunt and Mark Henderson. In addition to painting, Maynard is working at wood carving and engraving precious metals.