Clinton Williams was born and raised in his home territory of Quw’utsun (also known as the Cowichan
Valley) in 1964. On his maternal side, he has family ties to Kyuquot, in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
His artistic ability was evident at a young age when he began working with his father, the late Robert Williams, a
master carver from Quw’utsun. As Clint learned the art of carving and working with various textures and
woods, he began to share his work with family. At the age of twelve, he presented an original cedar
mask to his Aunt, who quickly noticed how gifted he was. As his skills developed, he was compelled to
explore the art of Indigenous people and his Coast Salish culture. Clint has designed many different
prints and continues to work in various mediums, including painting, drawing, and carving. His newest
contemporary work, this hummingbird carving, is designed to mimic their movements and capture their
wings at rapid speed. The hummingbird is also significant in his family, as his grandmother created the
hummingbird song and dance, to honour her Uncle (Dr. George Clutesi) and was performed in front
of the late Queen Elizabeth II and her late husband Prince Phillip.