In 2009, I made a fateful trip to the local art gallery around the street from my house. The exhibit was work produced by a group show of pen and ink artists called the INKMEN. There was amazing work on display and the artists used a wide range of techniques to make their individual marks. Each of the INKMEN came from a nearby community. Robert Oughton, co-owner of the gallery, lived in Hellam. Dave Haneman resided in Marietta. Dale Weibley came from Columbia and Chuck Long from York. Through the course of the evening, I let out the fact that I do pen and ink work and live right here in Wrightsville. I was told to come by the next day and show them my portfolio.
The next day I showed them some samples of my work and thankfully my work was well received enough to get an invitation to join the group. I was an INKMAN. I count that moment as the beginning of the highlight reel of my life. They provided me with the mentoring and encouragement I needed to produce my best work. I have gained so many wonderful experiences hanging with this group in the various shows we have had since. I have met so many artists and patrons that has enriched my creative life immeasurably.
Any success I am able to achieve, I will dedicate to my fellow INKMEN for without them I would not be here.
The Indelible Avenger