Alvin was born and raised in Kodiak of Alutiiq ancestry. He is an Alaska painter who depicts the state’s wildlife with humor and respect. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and taught at Navajo Community College. Amason now teaches at University of Alaska Fairbanks where he heads the Alaska Native Art studies program. He is a member of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Board of Directors. Amason’s work has been in invitational shows in Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC. His works are in the Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum in Denmark, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Heard Museum.