Edwin First Started creating artwork in 2006 and began studying at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011. Working in silver, copper and red cedar, Edwin trained under his father, David Neel in the Kwakwaka’wakw style, as well as artist Ron Marshall in the Nuu-chah-nulth style.
Edwin is the son of artist David Neel. Other notable family members include David Neel Sr., Mungo Martin, Ellen Neel and Charlie James. Many of these family members were prominent Northwest Coast carvers known for their model poles.