Barry Wilson has been carving as a child, working with his elders to understand design and technique. He has become an accomplished carver, and has established his reputation as an artist through his finely worked jewelry. He often incorporates abalone or precious and semi-precious stones into his pieces.
From 2004 to 2006, Wilson helped his uncle Henry Robertson and late brother Derek Wilson, oversee the recreation of the nineteenth-century G’psgolox pole that was made for the country of Sweden as part of a repatriation deal between Sweden and Canada. Barry was also featured in the National Film Board documentary Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole.
While his concentration is in jewelry making, he also works with a variety of media such as wood, silver, gold, copper, ivory, gemstone and silkscreen, creating carvings, jewellery and limited edition prints.