Cultural Background: Haida, Prince Rupert, BC
Garner was born in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada and he was raised in Skidegate, on Haida Gwaii on May 27th, 1958. He is the nephew of prolific argillite carver, Rufus Moody. Garner was artistic as a child. He remembers drawing a great deal from age 9 onwards, and he carved his first piece of argillite when he was 15. Garner moved to Vancouver in 1987 and was invited to help Bill Reid work on his full-scale ‘Lootaas’ canoe. While he was in Vancouver, Garner learned a great deal about Haida design and argillite carving from Nelson Cross, Alfie Collinson, Ron Wilson (Gitsgah) and Clayton Gladstone. Garner currently lives on Haida Gwaii and focuses on argillite, gold jewelry and carving in red and yellow cedar.