Lorraine is Inland Tlingit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Her clan is Dakhl’awèdí [Killer Whale]. Her Tlingit name is Yeikunasheen.
Lorraine's Maternal Grandmother was Tagish and Maternal Grandfather was Tlingit from Juneau, Alaska. Her father is of German/English descent.
Her childhood was spent at Fransic Lake,YT where her family made a point of instilling the importance of hard work, being self-sufficient and living off the land hunting, fishing & trapping.
Lorraine has lived most of her life in the small Tlingit community of Teslin, YT and raised her children in the traditional culture ways.
Although she is new to carving, art has always been a part of her upbringing. As a young girl her mother taught her how to bead & sew traditional garments, later on assisting in sewing traditional regalia created by her brother.
Lorraine's journey to becoming a carver began in the fall of 2015, when she attended the Freda Deising Northwest Coast Fine Arts Program in Terrace BC, receiving a diploma in the spring 2017.
She was taught by Master Carvers Stan Bevan and Ken McNeil. Also having the privilege of being mentored by Grand Master Dempsey Bob, who was also her eldest brother Master Carver Keith Wolfe-Smarch's teacher in the early 80's.
Lorraine's goal is to work towards being in a place where she can carve full time. Her brother's commitment and passion gives her the strength to continue on this journey.