Raised in Masset, BC, Carmen Goertzen is the hereditary Chief of the village of Dadens of Haida Gwaii. He inherited this title upon the death of Claude Davidson, the father of renowned artists Robert and Reg Davidson. Initially a self-taught artist, carving has been Goertzen’s main interest since he was 11 years old. After being taught to make tools by Robert Davidson, Goertzen began carving jewellery professionally in silver and gold in 1984.
Goertzen has developed a distinct style in both his design and carving skills. Since 1987 he has expanded his work to include pieces in wood and argillite. His interests extend to various media forms as well, such as photography and silk-screening.