Russell Adolph is a member of the Xaxl’ip First Nation near Lillooet and has been carving in stone since 2002. Though largely self-taught, he has had the opportunity to study jade carving with Deborah Wilson of Evergreen Carvings in Vernon. Mr. Adolph is in the process of expanding his artistic practice to include creating animal regalia for theater, ceremony and display. Some of his most recent pieces include cougar, coyote, wolverine and bear regalia.
In the spring of 2008, Mr. Adolph received an Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council. This award is helping him fund his project to study animal hide tanning and head mounting with mentor, Dan Ediger.