Allie High is a Tsimpshian Raven, Haida and Aleut. Allieís
family is from Metlakatla,
Alaska and Masset, British Columbia. She holds a Masterís
degree from the University of Texas and a bachelorís degree in
art education from the University of Oregon. She has taught
art in the public schools, in universities in Alaska and
Louisiana and has been an artist in residence as well as an
instructor in museums.
Ms. High apprenticed with Tsimpshian master carver Jack Hudson
beginning in 1984. The first time she saw one of Jackís masks
and held it in her hands she knew what she wanted to make and
to this day Allie is particularly drawn to carving the
subtleties of womenís faces. Classes with Nathan Jackson,
Marvin Oliver, Bill Holm, Delores Churchill and Steve Brown
have provided her with additional resources. She is grateful
for the challenges each of these instructors provided.
Alaska Airlines, the Anchorage Historical and Fine Art Museum,
the United States Department of Agriculture, Alaska State
Parks and many private interests have purchased Allieís
artwork. She has also made masks for Northwest Coast Indian
Allie resides in Wrangell, Alaska- a small island community in
Southeast Alaska with her son, three cats and a dog.
Along with the rich Tlingit cultural examples in Wrangell,
Allieís designs and carvings are inspired by her physical
proximity to the ocean and forest. There is so much to
anticipate- the return of the Killer whales (her grandfatherís
clan) as they pass close to her ocean side home or the otterís
as they come to play in the beach inlet. Allie also finds
inspiration through the reading of Northwest Coast Mythology
(the Raven myths are a favorite bedtime story for her son).
Some of her masks, especially those that depict strong
emotions such as joy or sorrow are based on personal
experiences. Allieís work is represented by
The Stonington Gallery in Seattle, Washington.