Ben (b. 1989) in Oshawa, Ontario is Tahltan from northern British Columbia. He is the grandson of Nora Edzerza and son of artist Rhoda Merkel and Dan Gribben. Ben moved to the Yukon in 2001 which also marked his interest in the visual arts. Ben began to draw comic characters, notably “The Breed” in 2004. He soon learned to paint, carve, and design. He enjoys carving plaques, paddles, rattles, and bowls. His favourite medium is a simple pencil and piece of paper, although he also enjoys working in wood.