Herb Rice is a First Nation Artist of Coast Salish descent from the Cowichan Valley. He is a wood carver whose approach to his work is to combine the richness of his heritage with a more contemporary perception. Herb's art is rendered on wood in forms of Wall Panels, Doors, Totems, Talking Sticks and Figurines, all of which reflect legends, teachings or personal stories of growth. His totems and his animal depictions are carved in local red and yellow cedar, alder or pine and depict traditional Salish and Kwakuitl designs.
The concepts and designs Herb depicts represent values, experiences, philosophies and aspirations of First Nations and non-native individuals, families and organizations. Each Art piece is accompanied with a story relating the journey represented.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division