Born in 1953, in Bellingham.
Doug LaFortune is a member of the Coast Salish Nation. After attending school in Victoria BC, Doug completed a college course in Fine Arts.
Simon Charlie, already a world-renowned artist inspired and encouraged Doug to pursue his artistic talents.
Doug utilized Simon’s teaching and broadened his range of work, developing a unique and distinctive style. Whether carving a massive totem pole or masks, feast dishes or small figures, Doug’s love and appreciation for carving can be seen and felt in the wood.
Doug’s artistic accomplishments amongst many include, a Salish Welcome Figure, presented to HRH, Queen Elizabeth at the opening Ceremonies of the XV Commonwealth Games held in Victoria BC.
Doug also honored a commission to paint the Thunderbird and Killer whale Dance Screen backdrop to be used at the Lauwelnew Tribal School Cultural Village.
In 2004, Doug in collaboration with master carver Charles Elliott carved two Totem Poles for Buchart Gardens 100th anniversary.