Clifton Guthrie is a Tsimshian artist of the Laxsgyiik clan, born and raised in Metlakatla. His passion for Tsimshian culture and art was ingrained in him since childhood, and in high school he began studying under Tsimshian carver Jack Hudson. In 2011, Clifton was invited to apprentice under renowned Tsimshian carver David A. Boxley. Clifton continues to explore and share his design, carving, and cultural knowledge under the watchful eye of David A. Boxley while working alongside David R. Boxley.
Clifton works in Seattle as a full-time carpenter, continuing to advance his cultural knowledge and produce Tsimshian art in various forms.