Dirk Blocker - Author
Exposed to the delights of imaginary life at an early age, Dirk Blocker has been immersed in the world of storytelling as far back as he can remember. His father, Dan Blocker, was a member of the cast of the television series Bonanza. He was an engaging storyteller and educator in his own right who encouraged exploration into a variety of authors and genres.
Dirk began to see the importance storytelling held, not only as a source of entertainment and as a creative outlet, but also as a platform for the communal sharing of the human condition. Master and the Little Monk evolved out of an assignment in a writer’s workshop. His wife, Danielle Aubuchon, fell in love with the tale and strongly encouraged Dirk to do something with it. An earlier piece he wrote, Why Walter?, was published in the Antioch University quarterly literary journal, The Odyssey, where it was awarded a first prize.
Eric Skotnes - Illustrator
Eric Skotnes is a Los Angeles based artist who started doing graffiti in the Los Angeles River when he was 11. His obsession with large-scale graffiti led him to start doing murals.
Not content with the abstract graffiti derived murals he was doing Eric decided to pursue art school. Eric attended Art Center College of Design from 2005-2009 where he studied illustration. In his last term at Art Center Eric started to get commissions from movie production studios. Eric has done paintings, graffiti, murals and illustration for studio productions such as, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Family Tree, How to be a Latin Lover, Murder in the First and Last Man on Earth to name a few. Eric is currently working on a series of figurative paintings based on human interaction, which blend his style of graffiti art with classical figurative painting. To see more examples of his work go to www.ericskotnes.com
Music generously donated by Eric Shifrin (see links page)