Jim Edenshaw was born on Haida Gwaii and is part of the Raven clan. He was the great-grandson of the renowned Haida artist, Charles Edenshaw, who was famous for his argillite carvings and his silverwork.
Edenshaw began carving in 1979 when he was 24. In the 1980s he moved to Vancouver where he learned from, and worked with, a variety of Northwest Coast artists. With this knowledge he developed his own sense of design and carving. He experimented with different media, glass etching, cast work as well as graphic design. He was an experienced Northwest Coast artist of notable talent and was best known for his jewelry carving.
Edenshaw was involved with the Council of the Haida Nation and had recently relocated to Haida Gwaii when he passed away in 2013.