Photography, Running and Writing with Carl Scharwath
Sick Lit Magazine: What inspires you as an artist?
Carl Scharwath: Other artists. I have a deep love of reading, the arts and discovering new authors and photographers. The biographies of artists are also inportant to learn as they have gone through many of the same heartbreaks and still overcame them.
SLM: Tell me a bit about your creative process.
CS: Since I am a dedicated, competitive runner, many of my story and poem ideas give birth on the run. Unfortunately those great sentences are forgotten by the time I arrive home, but the ideas are not. I also run with my cell phone and have captured photos on my run, either by stopping or returning latter. Ideas are all around us, we only have to be receptive.
SLM: What music are you currently listening to?
CS: I will always love REM and thier innovation. From my teen years The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson’s solo albums still spark a memory from simple times in my life.
SLM: If you could categorize these pieces in a few words, what would they be?
CS: Surealistic, philosophical and thinking how they would look as an oil painting.
SLM: What are you working on right now?
CS: A new short story, my second chap book and a play. Working full time, having grand children and training as a runner does not leave much time but I try my best on early weekend mornings to dedicate time to my art.
SLM: Tell me something that not many people know about you.
CS: My daughter and I spend nine years training together and were awarded a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
SLM: How would one of us, per se, purchase your work?
CS: I have never thought of the process to sell my work. My enjoyment comes from being published, the creative process and working with and meeting editors such as you.
Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 80+ magazines selecting his poetry, short stories, essays or art photography. He won the National Poetry Contest award for Writers One Flight Up. His first poetry book is ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press). Carl is a dedicated runner and 2nd degree black- belt.