Photography, Running, and Writing – Artist, CARL SCHARWATH

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.

Angel of the Antiques

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.



Waiting for a dancewoman reflection


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.


Remembering Snake Skeletons and a Cherry Red Impala -Artist, Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon

Remembering Snake Skeletons and a Cherry Red Impala

On the 21st September, a second solo exhibition by 24-year-old English-born American artist, Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon, will open at the Whiteconcepts space in Berlin. Titled The Plague Year, it will expand his meticulous exploration of syncretic religious, mediaeval and ‘pop’ iconography, cartography and lexicology – this time, within an exotic, decaying dystopia detailed in more than 25 very finely detailed monochromatic works. 
Finn’s last exhibition at Whitespace, two years ago, was one of the most successful openings for a young artist in Berlin that year. Introduced by the controversial German artist, Jonathan Meese, the entire show sold out within 48 hours.

Born in Brighton, England, Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon grew up among creative, nomadic types in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles before returning as a teenager to Sydney.

But as he recalls in the following brief memoir, it was his childhood memories of being often on the road with his eccentric parents in the American southwest that gave him a lot of the imagery that still populates his work.

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I spent my early childhood in the southwest of the United States. My mother was part-Cherokee, born and raised in Oklahoma, and my father was an Australian, but we lived for a long time in Los Angeles. We would often drive between the west coast and my mother’s family in Tulsa, but we’d take these circuitous routes on un-mapped back-roads, adding days and hundreds of miles to a journey that was already fifteen hundred miles long via the direct route on Interstate 40, through desert towns like Barstow and Winslow and Albuquerque.


I still remember the weird roadhouses we stopped at, filled with faux-Native American trinkets, and Mexican candied skulls, as well as petrified tree fragments, fossils and pebbles of polished turquoise. We’d end each day in some rickety, half-dead town in Arizona, New Mexico or Texas, staying in a cheap motel with a swimming pool and a noisy ice-machine. Sometimes, we’d be so close to the Mexican border that it made no difference which side of it you were on – it could just as well have been Mexico but with better air-conditioning – and at that time of the year, the whole place would be overtaken with unsettling (but to a young kid, exciting) syncretic symbols and rituals, part Catholic, part ancient Toltec, part Hopi or Navajo, with black-robed Madonnas, painted skulls and masks, crucifixes and snake skeletons. It was never scary and solemn, only celebratory, not just honouring the dead but inviting them to a party, to spend time among friends and family. The barbecue smoke always smelled of mesquite.


Later, when I became an artist working on large, intricate drawings in ink on paper, the impressions of those road trips insinuated themselves into what I drew: skulls on snake bodies, ’60s neon signs, tattooed women and grinning death-heads, the Robert Williams-influenced cars (my parents drove a cherry-red Chevy Impala SuperSport). Even the modern military references were derived from fleeting glimpses of fighters and tanks arrayed on open tracts of desert, at Nellis or Luke air force bases, or Camp Navajo. They seemed as commonplace as the motels, drive-in diners and cheesy girlie bars that littered our route.

Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon-

For further information, to receive a selection of high res images, or to arrange an interview, please contact Finn by email: . His work can also be viewed in low res’ at

Below: Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon, photographed in Kreuzberg by Lotti Leona, 2015
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Teresa Law – Art, Life and Artlife.


Sick Lit Magazine: What inspires your work?

Teresa Law: Women, primarily. I am a feminist and that influences me a lot, along with bright colours and sarcasm. Three things that I love! I’ve always drawn cartoonish pictures, and I think that’s continued many years later. I find that a backstory or argument or some social situation quite often sparks off an idea for a drawing or painting!


SLM: So is there any digital artwork in your future? Any tattooing?

TL: Maybe digital. I like the effects and I really admire graphic design but I do really prefer “real life” drawing – mainly because I suck with a tablet or in photoshop!

SLM: Any exciting projects in the works right now?

TL: I’m planning on a series of drawings based on Neil Gaiman’s novel ‘Neverwhere’, which I’m excited to start. It’s one of my favourite stories by one of my favourite authors based on my favourite city.


SLM: What music are you listening to right now?

TL: Based on my favourite playlist on Spotify, I have been listening to LION BABE, Halsey, Dizzee Rascal, Shamir, Phil Oakley, OMD, Kanye, Chairlift and Elle King. Bit of a mixture!


SLM: Tell us something not many people know about you.

TL: I have such verbal diarrhoea and no boundaries so most people know most stuff about me – I genuinely cannot think of anything! Maybe that’s something in itself!


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Teresa likes her art with a bit of feminism, sarcasm, and lots of bright colours. She currently juggles motherhood, project management, office politics and a fledgling artist dream. 

IG/Twitter: @msteresalaw




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Sick Lit Magazine: What inspires you as an artist?  

Toby Penney: This is always a funny question to me. I never really feel inspired. I am more compelled to create than anything else. Inspiration implies an outside force making a decision to gift me a creative moment. It also dismisses hard work in the name of an emotive response. Of course emotion is evident in the images I create but truly impressive images are developed over time through persistence & hard work.

SLM: Tell me a bit about your creative process. 

TP: My methodology is consistent with each medium I choose. I hate to waste time so I work on several pieces at a time. Usually there are 3-4 larger paintings in the works along with about as many 3d pieces and reclaimed fabric collages that I am actively pursuing. As one piece is curing, I move on to the next. This way I always have something fresh to respond to. This process is the same with photography. I am always collecting images, documenting my daily life. I use these images to build history & texture with multiple exposures techniques. My goal is often to convey the excitement of that fresh feeling at the same time making the history of the work available with the layers that I build.

SLM: What music are you currently listening to?

TP: This is a funny list. I homeschool my five year old and she often has a say in what we play so it is a pretty big range that includes Patsy Cline, Tchaikovsky, The Band Perry, Sting, Billy Joel, Lindsey Sterling…You get the picture. But, The Police & Johnny Cash are usually on my play list.

SLM: If you could categorize these pieces in a few words, what would they be? 

TP: I’ve always thought of my work a collection of moments, a visual documentation of my response to environment.

SLM: What are you working on right now? 

TP: Currently I am developing a series of photographs & painting to be shown in Atlanta Georgia in the fall of next year. At the same time I am also working on obtaining funding for a body of work that I would like to develop while living in China, hopefully next year as well.




***Toby Penney is a southern artist working in paint, photography, printmaking & multiple sculpture media. She creates work accepting, even glorifying simple objects & fleeting moments.

Penney holds a sculpture degree from Middle Tennessee State University. From 2005 until 2010 she held a Vitreography internship with Master Printmaker Judith O’Rourke at Harvey K. Littleton Studio.

Find Penney’s paintings in private & corporate collections and museums. Her images have been or are slated to be featured in Professional Artist Magazine, Numinous Magazine, Feroce Magazine, Hellbent Magazine as well as Polonium II, a book by David Downs. Usually you can find her sharing her studio with her enchanting 5 year old daughter. Find out more about Toby on social media via @TobyPenney or by contacting one of her representatives at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa or Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Find her on Twitter at: ***



Driftwood Shows Sick Lit Magazine her Sketchy Side…


“The ‘dimebag’ one was from ages ago when I was a teen. I actually entered some art show through my school and won an award on that one. It was a print that I made from Plexiglas etching/scratching,” says Driftwood of her artwork. Not only is the Ontario native skilled in digital art, but the girl can sketch.


Some of these are reminiscent of Nightmare Before Christmas / Book of Life / Corpse Bride to me. I wonder if any tattoo art is in Driftwood’s future? I guess we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out.

But in the meantime, I’m really digging Driftwood’s style. 


**For more information on Sara’s artwork, podcasts or SPFX work, e-mail her at, follow her on twitter @saraz0mb13 and Instagram, saraz0mb13 or visit her web site**



As told to Kelly Fitzharris Coody

SickLitMagazine: What type of artwork do you do?

Sara Driftwood: I mess around with a lot of different mediums. For the past few years I have been into mostly ink drawings. I usually stick to just black work but occasionally I digitize my art and add some color. Depending on my mood I do some abstract work and cartoon style pieces. I think it would be safe to say the general theme of everything is dark. I have been expanding recently into some occult themed pieces both ink drawings and paintings.

SLM: What inspires you?

SD: Inspirations come and go for me. Currently eyeballs are at the top of my list. Oh, and skulls.

SLM: What are your current music obsessions? (i.e., what’s in your CD player or on your iPhone on rotation?)

SD: I have a ridiculous amount of musical obsessions. I listen to music a lot throughout my day. Tool is a huge obsession for me and I usually listen to them when I’m commuting or working on more abstract pieces of artwork. Lebanon Hanover, Deftones, Thy Art Is Murder, Twiztid and Acacia Strain are a few others.

SLM: Where do you live? What activities are you involved in along with your art?

SD: I live and attend college in Peterborough, Ontario. As for activities I occasionally do SPFX work and that’s about it currently.

SLM: What is SPFX?

SD: SPFX is short for Special Effects makeup.

SLM: Do you sell art?

SD: I sell some selected original pieces, prints and stickers. I currently do not have a store but for existing artwork/ prints or commissions I can be reached by email
I have most of my artwork on Instagram as well (saraz0mb13)
Eventually I do plan on opening an Etsy store.

SLM: Do you have any side jobs or hobbies?

SD: I’m working on a cookbook currently. I don’t want to give out too much details but it is horror themed and is going to be awesome. My other hobbies include a horror themed podcast called Talk Sick Podcast. We cover a lot of weird topics, the paranormal, conspiracy theories, local legends and just strange stuff. It is not set in stone yet, but in the future I may have some SPFX work ahead in a few film shorts. I’m currently working on a “Dark Side of Disney” series. I’m going through some movies and throwing a dark twist on them. I’d love to share it in the distant future!

SLM: What advice can you give to struggling artists or writers? I think as creatives we can all fall into the trap of self-doubt.

SD: If you are struggling you got some shit going on in your brain that is blocking your ability to create.. Tell that shit to fuck off. Think about (and don’t ever forget) what has inspired you to this point. Also trying new things doesn’t hurt, experiment and see if there is anything you can do to aid the process. I suck at giving advice, I hope that was uplifting.

SLM: It was perfect. Tell me more about this Dark side of Disney.

SD: The Dark Side of Disney deals with the darker aspects of life: Suicide, murder, prostitution, cannibalism (just to name a few). I’m sticking with the classic characters as well. If you creep my instagram I have some teasers of the first few in the series. I’m also up for suggestions, I have about 15 other ones I plan on adding, Sleeping Beauty is next.

**For more information on Sara’s artwork, podcasts or SPFX work, e-mail her at, follow her on twitter @saraz0mb13 and Instagram, saraz0mb13 or visit her web site at**