MUNCIE — Bill Inman works mostly in solitary at his quaint Elm Street studio, yet his work is noticed by thousands every month.
Inman always wanted to be an artist. That came naturally through his years of painting pieces that he sold in galleries. He lived in various areas across the western part of the country — southern California, Wyoming, Alaska — capturing the beauty of the vast, breathtaking landscapes through his artwork.
But in the back of his mind, Inman always had dreams of becoming a teacher. Now he has found a way to mix both passions.
Twelve hard-drives full of nearly 40 terabytes of media crowd the desk in his studio, which also holds a big-screen computer monitor. Paintings are scattered around the room, and a pair of video cameras are set up at his easel.
Inman runs MasterOilPainting.com. It's where he uploads videos of himself painting landscapes, start to finish, with a voice-over of step-by-step instruction.