Tlingit artist Gene Chilton grew up in Juneau and Angoon, Alaska. He began his career as a silver engraver in 1978, studying under master carver Ed Kasko of Klukwan, Alaska. “Our local grade school had local Native carvers come in and teach us kids how to carve,” Chilton said. From this early start, he and several of his brothers have become masters of various styles of art, including jewelry and carving. Chilton was certified in stone stetting and repairs by the Gemological Institute of America in 1988. He has become a prolific and well-known artist, working in both silver and gold, and has a great interest in perpetuating the art form through teaching. Chilton currently lives and works in Juneau.