Darrell White was born in Queen Charlotte City, Haida Gwaii in 1960. He is a member of the Dadens Yakulaanaas Raven Clan of the Haida Nation, from the village of Masset and comes from a family with strong artistic traditions. He is the great, great-grandson of renowned carver, Charles Edenshaw, and a cousin to the contemporary carvers, Christian White and Jim Hart.
Despite growing up away from the culture, Darrell has always had a keen interest in Haida Art, traditions, and his own heritage. He is largely a self-taught artist who has most recently carved with Christian White, gaining new insight and learning more techniques. He has studied the works of Haida master carvers in museums and books over many years before committing to carving full time. He now lives and carves in the Comox Valley, BC, Canada.