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Rising Stars: Meet Todd Goodman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Goodman.

Hi Todd, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in Schenectady, New York, in a very musical family and community, so my primary artistic influence has always been music. I’ve been playing drums and percussion for over 30 years.

Other than playing and listening to a ton of music growing up, I was a constant doodler. I left NY to attend the University of Vermont, where I earned a BS in Environmental Studies, then moved to Colorado to be a snowboard bum, but after a couple of years went back to school to earn a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Denver. Then I moved to Santa Monica in 2007 to work for a nonprofit, which lasted almost two years when the global financial collapse left me out of a job at the end of 2008. After six months of looking for a job, I found myself working with a friend on Venice Beach, making and selling jewelry and art.

It was thanks to this experience on the Venice Boardwalk that I developed my artistic style and survived the Great Recession. By 2012, drawing inspiration from an eclectic life of music, sports, and travel and tossed up into a healthy salad of global politics, I was able to develop my own unique style. It’s a colorful painting style that’s funky but clean, straight but twisted. It’s my life in vibrant colors, spaces, and forms, which I’ve called Psychedelic Realism.

I approach my art as a personal reflection, facing the world with my senses open, taking life as it comes, available to a world of random chances and opportunities. Every stroke I make is an opportunity to take a risk, a chance to overcome the doubts and fears of what’s next and to be joyfully surprised. In life and in art, I like to take it one day at a time, smiling, trying to simply create.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If life were a smooth road, it probably wouldn’t be worth living. So, of course I’ve had my ups and downs. Life in LA has never been easy. It’s the least affordable place I’ve ever lived.

I had to throw away my entire life’s education and work experience to teach myself how to make jewelry and paintings to sell to tourists on the beach. I went from working within the halls of Harvard and for former President Jimmy Carter to spending my days alongside other struggling artists, addicts, the homeless and tourists, lucky to make it home with a few bucks in my pocket.

It was humbling, to say the least, and profoundly educational. But every day ended with a glorious and radiant Venice Beach sunset, adding to the inspiration that has gotten me to where I am today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I generally try not to put myself in a categorical box, so it’s hard to say what exactly my artistic focus is. I consciously try to diversify my body of work, never painting the same thing twice, and I try to produce work that encompasses a broad array of subject matters.

I like to paint different subjects within a series of work as well, like Super Hero Surfers, local iconic landscapes (the Venice and Santa Monica Piers, the Venice Canals and the Venice Sign), landscapes from my personal travels abroad, portraits of my musical heroes, portraits of endangered species, etc. I dabble in politics, tackling themes like the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict, Child Soldiers, Climate Change, Political Corruption, and Human Rights.

I also enjoy playing around in the world of abstract expressionism. But since I’ve never taken formal art or art history classes, I have some difficulty finding the words and language to accurately describe my style, methods and formula.

As much as I love to paint, photography has also been an important part of my life, and I try to use my photographs as much as possible as painting subjects. Much of my work focuses on street photography, sports, like surfing and skateboarding, as well as travel and landscape photography.

I’ve also gotten involved with the cryptocurrency world this year and am currently in the middle of two NFT projects (non-fungible tokens). If that last sentence left you with questions, just use your google search to learn more, it would take days for me to try to explain it here. Anyways, this has been one of the more exciting things to come along on my art journey, and I’m jumping headfirst into the future of art and finance. One of my projects will be an animated version of a new canvas painting soon to be released (but can be seen on my Insta), and the other NFT project was a combination of a photograph I composed on the Venice Boardwalk that also includes a graffiti piece that I painted. This NFT is a collaboration with a tremendous Nashville-based rock band, Voltagehawk, and will be released with their upcoming album.

I currently sell my original and print work out of my studio gallery in Santa Monica and also have a permanent display of canvas prints for sale at the Rose Collective on 4th and Rose Avenue in Venice, as well as on my website Much of my work can also be found on my Instagram page @toddgoodmanarts. I regularly participate in the Venice Art Crawl, as well as other group shows around the Los Angeles area.

I am constantly looking for opportunities to show, and am currently looking for outdoor and indoor mural opportunities and would like to venture into the clothing and apparel industry, possibly starting my own brand.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I may or may not have an alter ego that operates as an anonymous street artist.


  • Matted photo prints – 11″x14″ $50
  • Giclee Prints on Canvas (various sizes) – 8″x12″ to 40″x60″ – $75-$375
  • Original Paintings – $500-$8,000
  • Tee-shirts – $21.99
  • Hoodies- $35.99

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