Artist Anna Hanson has maintained an art studio in Roberts Creek since 1992. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UBC in 1974, and continued her specialization in sculpture at Emily Carr and Capilano College in the late 1970s. Hanson’s artistic inspiration comes from her grandfather, the late Dudley Carter (1891-1992) who was famous for his monumental wood sculptures (two of which are included in this walking tour). Hanson’s material of choice is cedar and she avoids the use of power tools, preferring instead the same tools her grandfather would have used – an axe, adze, and chisel. She strives to stay true to the medium, preserving the natural character of the wood.
In 1994 Hanson hand carved two "Sechelt Welcomes You" signs located at the east and west ends of the District of Sechelt, along the Sunshine Coast Highway.