About the Artist
q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s traditional name means that “I wear the clouds like a blanket”. She is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation.
Phyllis was taught how to paint by Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until she opened her own studio in 2012. In 2001, she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC.
q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ is influenced by the deep connection to her ancestors, the community, and her family, but most of all she is inspired by her husband Drew Atkins. With her husband, she co-owns and operates k’wy’i’y’e Spring Salmon Studio & Gallery on Kwantlen land in Fort Langley.