Chris was born in Alert Bay BC. and grew up there until he reached the age of 18. Chris was an avid sketch artist in his youth, and in 1998 he completed an undergraduate in History at the University of Victoria. He took a beginners silversmithing course at Camosun College which helped lead him into jewelry making. His initial encouragement came from Fran Dick and was further influenced by Tahltan artist Terrence Campbell and Kwaguilth artist Harold Alfred.