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Sheldon Eskin interviews Thomas M. Hewlett about his new book, One Death At A Time. Thomas grew up in Los Angeles and was raised on a steady diet of science fiction, fantasy, and all things mythic or paranormal. While he knew he wanted to be a writer at the age of twelve, after college he strayed from the path and into drugs and alcohol addiction. Hewlett had his first drink when he was seventeen and blacked out shortly after finishing it. He woke up thirteen years later, with little to show for his life besides a notebook full of unwritten books. Finally, in 2011 he hit rock bottom and ended in up in a rehab facility. It was there, at his lowest point that he rediscovered the power of writing and found the idea for his first novel, One Death at a Time, when a good friend suggested he write a story about “vampires in AA”. With the encouragement and support of his loving wife, he decided to combine his experiences of addiction/recovery with his love of modern fantasy and noir mystery.
Sheldon Eskin interviews artist and designer Kathleen Werner. Kathleen is an artist, visionary and entrepreneur. In her early twenties, Kathleen owned a metaphysical shop and a fine art gallery. She is the creator of the combination architecture piece/lounge chair titled the Etazin which is featured at Arizona's Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. And, as a fine artist, she is the creator of a series of nature inspired paintings.
Sheldon Eskin interviews Dr. Lori Baudino, a practicing clinician for over a decade. Lori received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Creative Arts Therapy - Dance/Movement Therapy, which identifies symptoms and creates ways to express psychological and emotional experiences through the mind/body connection, ultimately transforming words into action.
Through The Andrea Rizzo Foundation, she also brought the first Dance/Movement Therapy Programs to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where she provides bedside therapy to children with cancer, special needs and terminal illness.
Sheldon Eskin interviews six-time national champion and world ranked Scottish Highland dancer, Laura Carruthers and her new film, Grace Fury. Laura is a former member of Ballet Arizona, and an honors graduate of ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She develops uniquely beautiful and insightful projects in both theatre and film, that combine her abilities to direct, choreograph, perform, arrange music, and edit. A wild ‘n’ classy originality springs from her fusion of artistic styles and techniques, depth of vision, and collaborative performances with some of the very best in music, dance, and cinematography.
Sheldon Eskin interviews Joe Gagnon, endurance athlete and founder of The High Performance Life.
Sheldon Eskin interviews Brendan O'Connell, artist and founder of Everyartist, a non-profit event whose purpose is to "spark creativity" by promoting the act of art-making in among children.
Inspired by Edward Hopper, Brendan wanted to paint everyday America at that moment of massive transition. He first looked through the lens of retail because it’s representative of society, and Walmart because it is the most democratic iteration. While Brendan was in Europe, Walmart had experienced its most rapid expansion. He painted shoppers and interior architecture and explored our fetishistic relation to brands. Brendan was profiled in the New Yorker and on Sunday Morning CBS, a guest on the Colbert Show, and featured in Time magazine. He went from being the guy who was kicked out of dozens of Walmarts for taking pictures to being the guy who can set up an easel in any store in the world.
While he continues painting brands, he has begun another series about America in transition–this time focusing on everyday people in their homes. He is traveling the country, staying at Airbnbs and painting the hosts of the rooms he rents. Accompanying each painting will be a narrative, similar to the blog Humans of New York, about the people’s lives.
His work is in the permanent collection of the GA Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He has executed commissions for both Walmart and HEB as well as a number of privately owned companies.
Brendan is also the artist/founder of Everyartist, a non-profit event whose purpose is to "spark creativity" by promoting the act of art-making in among children. Everyartist and its supporters are responsible for coordinating the largest community art event in history, Everyartist Live!, which takes place annually at the end of October.
Presently, Brendan works out of a barn in rural Connecticut where he lives with his wife, landscape painter Emily Buchanan, and their two children.
Sheldon Eskin interviews John Mulholland, writer and director of Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen, a new documentary that takes an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.
John Mulholland began his career writing for magazines, both on staff and freelance. He worked on his first documentary, Eastern European Composers, for the Arts Network. In his three decades career, he has interviewed everyone from President Bill Clinton and Crown Prince Albert of Monaco to luminaries in fashion, literature, entertainment, and academia.
Sheldon Eskin interviews Coach Derek Locklear, founder of Coach Derek Inc. along with Let’s Give Them A Shot!, a non-profit organization that helps kids get the sports instruction they need regardless of whether or not they can afford it. Coach Derek's goal is to teach and reach as many children as he can through sports. He subscribes to the belief that teaching the fundamentals of sports enriches children at all levels, ages and skills. These are things that last beyond the end of the game. Coach Derek Locklear’s philosophy of teaching kids life lessons that last even when the game has ended comes from over 25 years teaching and coaching experience – and that’s after 20 years of experience being the player.
Coach Derek played basketball and baseball at Central Cabarrus High School in North Carolina, going on to play college baseball at Montreat Anderson in North Carolina. He was a two-time MVP and All-Conference Player, but most of all, he learned that it’s not worth it if you don’t apply those field lessons to life. And most definitely not worth it if it’s not fun getting there.
Coach Derek is more than a sports coach, he’s also a life coach. His insightful and enthusiastic personality motivates children to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, determination and self-esteem.
The Best Art! I Guarantee It!, 2017, mixed media: Cheetos, fake gold, acrylic on board, 59””x59”
Sheldon Eskin interviews Sol Hill, whose artistic practice is divided between working with contemporary digital imaging technology to create what he calls Metagraphs, a mixed media and by using art as a form of social activism through creating hard hitting social justice art installations with strong presence. His latest exploration, The Best Art Ever!, unapologetically lampoons Donald Trump and what Hill describes as his ‘Toxic Orange Agenda.’
Sheldon Eskin interviews Franz Fox, an abstract expressionist Cuban-American artist who apprenticed with several master artists in Paris and Malaga, and created his own style of painting which he refers to as “Neoplasticisty” for the mixture and variability of elements, emphasizing impulse over premeditated composition. Franz Fox has a solo show of his paintings at Haley and Steele Gallery in Boston, MA during this September.
Sheldon Eskin interviews New York Times Bestselling author Ron Hall, whose novel "Same Kind of Different as Me" has been adapted into a film starring Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear, due for release on October 20.
Ron is cohosting two art shows for his nonprofit foundation of the same name to benefit the homeless, on October 7 in Charlotte, NC and November 9 in Dallas, TX, both featuring the work of renowned Cuban-American painter Julio Larraz.
Sheldon Eskin interviews Viktor Mitic, a Serbian-born Canadian painter and sculptor living in Toronto, Ontario. He is best known for his bullet-hoe and acid rain art. His unique portraits of iconic figures have gained international attention from galleries and museums, and the general public.
Russ McCullaugh is a writer and director, known for "A Necessary GOD", "The Crazy Road to Love" and his latest film, "Hopelessly Ever After".
Los Angeles artist, Paul Roustan, is known for his work in body painting and photography. Winner of the North American Body Painting Championships, Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting.
Robin Walker is a psychotherapist and a nationally renowned expressionist painter. As he explains, “Rather than asking ‘What do I want to paint today?’ I ask ‘What wants to be painted today?’ I will exert some control over theme, but not outcome. This is the invitation to the unconscious.”
New media producer and content creator, Davin Tjen, has his finger on the brave new world of entertainment.