April Online Exhibit 2016

April 2016 Online Exhibit, Charlie Ahman


Photo of Charlie Ahman by John WallCharlie Ahman was one of the many mysterious and colorful characters who made Ocracoke his home. He arrived on Ocracoke sometime in the 1960s, though no one can remember the exact year. His Wife, Esther Thompson Ahman died in 1966 shortly after they took up residence on the island. Born in Scotland in 1887, Charlie immigrated to the U.S. from in 1908 and worked as a seaman and carpenter to make a living for his family. Once he retired and moved to Ocracoke, he focused on a new passion, painting. He was prolific in painting scenes of Ocracoke and of the many places he had traveled to throughout his lifetime. He was an untrained but passionate artist who didn’t let a lack of supplies stem his artistic renderings. He painted on whatever he could lay his hands on be it canvas, slate, or cardboard. He is remembered as having an easy smile and riding around town on his three wheeled bicycle. When he died in 1975, he was buried in Ocracoke’s Community Cemetery next to his wife. We wish we knew more about Charlie, but for now, we’ll have to let his spirit come alive through his paintings.

Please browse his artworks below






Ship painting by Charlie Ahman Horse Painting by Charlie Ahman Ariosto Wreck by Charlie Ahman Painting by Charlie Ahman
Ship Painting by Charlie Ahman Painting by Charlie Ahman Painting by Charlie Ahman Try Yard Creek Painting by Charlie Ahman
Boats and Ducks Painting by Charlie Ahman Springers Point Painting by Charlie Ahman Painting by Charlie Ahman Ducks Painting by Charlie Ahman
2008.08.SLF.0009 Howard Street Painting by Charlie Ahman



Previous Exhibits Below-

December Online Exhibit 2016 US Navy Base Ocracoke

November Online Exhibit 2016 Ocracoke Post Office

October Online Exhibit 2016 Dare Wright

September Online Exhibit 2016 Ocracoke School

August Online Exhibit 2016 Robbie’s Way

July Online Exhibit 2016 4th of July History

June Online Exhibit 2016 Hurricanes

May Online Exhibit 2016 Island Architecture

April Online Exhibit 2016 Charlie Ahman

March Online Exhibit 2016 Frank Treat Fulcher

February 2016 Online Exhibit Muzel Bryant

January 2016 Online Exhibit The Cochrans

December 2015 Online Exhibit JoKo Artist

November 2015 Online Exhibit Ocracoke Library