Richard Krentz, whose name is kwatam-us in the Coast Salish language of the Sechelt nation, was a man of two worlds: he was one of Canada's most renowned Indigenous artists; he was also a natural entrepreneur who long ago met the mainstream economy on its own terms.
As the artist kwatam-us, Richard Krentz specialized in the creation of beautiful silver and gold jewellery featuring Coast Salish designs. He won an international reputation as a leading carver of totem poles and other major pieces, as well as masks and his signature line of bentwood boxes. Richard was the instigator and organizer of a unique collaborative project that saw the world's tallest totem pole erected at the Victoria Commonwealth Games.
Richard passed away suddenly in 2014.