Thanks for stopping by! I'm a creative writer and artist in Los Angeles.
Kings of the Earth is now available in paperback on Amazon! I wrote the first draft of this novel about a haunted surfing town almost fifteen years ago, so this is a long time coming. You can buy this literary ghost story here.
If you've read the book and want to talk about it -- or if you have any inquiries at all, I'd love to hear from you! Drop me a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've undertaken all kinds of art series, but lately I've been most drawn to surfers, boxers, wrestlers and portraits of random folks who spark my interest.
The art displayed here is only a small portion of my portfolio, and much of it is for sale. Look for the prices on individual item pages that allow you to purchase them using Paypal. The listed price includes shipping.
If you don't use Paypal, message me and we can make other arrangements! My goal is to get you something you really enjoy, at an affordable price.
Here's the latest:
Kings of the Earth has been nominated for a 2020 TopShelf Book Award!
From the nomination certificate: "This is a particularly special honor since the folks who nominate books for the TopShelf Book Awards are few––namely agencies, publicists, publishers, TopShelf scouts, and Insider members. We have gone over the materials provided to us with your nomination, and we agree that your book deserves this level of recognition, and genuinely has a solid chance of winning our competition."
My short story "Magnets" was published by District Lit! You can read it here.
I've got three nude paintings in an online art magazine out of Poland! You either need to register (it takes a second) or access the site via Facebook to see them.
There's lots of (artistic) male nudity, so be forewarned. You can check them out on pages 92-94 here!
I'm honored that my postcard Pick Pete! was on display at the annual Postcards from the Edge show - Jan. 3-5 at Bortolami in NYC! More info here!
Kings of the Earth received an extremely complimentary review in BookLife! You can check it out here!
My paintings "Derek Sanderson No. 1" and "Ravishing Rick Rude" were in the recent Small Works 2019 show at Main Street Arts in Clifton, NY! This was a huge honor for me and I'm extremely stoked!
I'm proud to announce that Kings of the Earth is now available in seventeen libraries in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula! I'm stoked that this ghost story about a haunted Michigan surfing town is available for local patrons to enjoy. It's also available at the Burbank Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library (my hometown!) and the Worthington Library - just north of there.
I'm excited that Kings of the Earth is now available for free, in ebook form, via BiblioBoard! I'm still learning the system, but it is definitely available to folks who live in LA - and possibly through libraries all over the country!
It only takes a few seconds to create an account. Then search for "Kings of the Earth", and click the book to start reading!
Krombacher Brewery used one of my paintings in a national online and poster ad campaign! See the folder in my Portfolio with images of the ads on the streets of Germany.
And: Empty Bed -- a short film I co-wrote with Brandt Shandera that played at more than twenty film festivals -- is available online to watch. Check it out here. It's based on a feature film script that Brandt and I wrote together! Message me if you're interested in reading it!
More about me:
I'm the type of dude who likes to work on a bunch of different projects at once. I wrote a ton of short stories in high school in Columbus, OH, then went on to major in Dramatic Writing at NYU. Then I got an MFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and I've lived in Los Angeles since 1995.
Since then, I created the graphic novel Nick Pope (with illustrations by Christopher Darling), had short stories published in numerous literary magazines, and written a bunch of feature-length screenplays.
Out of the blue in 2004, I decided to start making art. I bought a set of basic colored pencils and started drawing portraits of people from Myspace, using their profile photos as reference images. Pretty soon I was drawing every day, sometimes doing two portraits a night.
My first solo show was at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City in 2005, and it was all Myspace portraits! After that, I moved into oil pastels, then collage, then paint. I'm still all self-taught, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I've been in dozens of exhibitions since then.
I'm always looking for opportunities to show my work and collaborate. I'm also available for commissions, and I'm proud to donate my art to support worthy causes. You can also find me on Instagram.