Jim McGuire is a well established Haida artist with a career that spans several decades. He is well known for his precise and creative jewelry carving. He is a member of the Stastas Eagle Clan and was born and raised on Haida Gwaii. Here he was surrounded by artists, including his uncle Edmund Caulder from whom he learned wood and argillite carving. In 1976 he moved to Vancouver where he worked with prominent Haida artist Gerry Marks. From Marks McGuire learned how to temper and how to make tools from tempered steel.
McGuire’s recognition comes from the quality of his traditional Haida designs and from his craftsmanship. His work is creative, consistent and distinctive. He continues to carve jewelry while living in both Vancouver and Haida Gwaii.