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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 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 wood-working 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 for 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.
Artist Statement: "Carving is my life's passion. My hope is that I can keep improving and evolving with my work. My inspiration has always been the old pieces, I strive to create that haunting feeling that you get when you look at the beautiful masks and poles from the ancestors."