Artist Aaron T. Barrett was born in Wyoming in 1979. He moved to Alaska with his family when he was six. Aaron grew up hunting, fishing, and exploring the Mat-Su Valley near Palmer, Alaska. He has been sketching and drawing wildlife since he was a child. In 2002, he learned how to carve from his good friend and mentor, Kent Heindel, one of the best in the trade. Since then, Aaron has been capturing the rugged beauty and grace of Alaska and the west. His favorite subject matter is the grizzly bear, but he also loves to carve eagles, salmon, walrus, whales, polar bears and more. He is intrigued by the Native Alaskan culture and enjoys depicting scenes of life long ago in the Arctic.
Aaron lives in Idaho with his wife and five children. He travels to Alaska several times a year to carve whalebone. In his spare time, Aaron loves spending time with his family, beekeeping, shooting, and building. Aaron is passionate about his art and feels very fortunate to be doing what he loves every day.