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I'm a professional painter based in Toronto, Canada. I think it's safe to say that I took the long way to get to where I am. I spent 14 years in university collecting degrees in physiology, linguistics, and painting. Then, after a very short stint as a "suit and tie" guy, I gave it all up to follow my dream of becoming a painter.
I initially joined Couchsurfing because I planned to exhibit at Scope Basel art fair in June 2016. Switzerland was my first experience surfing and now Im hooked!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I believe that going to a new country as a tourist can be good but going as a guest can be great! I am much more interested in finding that little bakery at the end of the lane than seeing the "postcard" scene from a place. The soul of a country cannot be found in its castles or parks: it is in its people.
Couchsurfing is, for me, the perfect platform to visit new places while meeting new people, and to share old stories and to create new ones.
I have to confess that, these days, most of my time is spent in my studio painting for the next show.
When I'm not painting, I love to go for epic walks. I have hiked the snow-capped volcanoes of Hokkaido, the bustling boulevards of Brooklyn, and the cobblestone alleyways of Cartagena. These days I'm enjoying hiking around downtown Toronto and the views of the CN Tower, the impressive skyline, and Lake Ontario.
I'm also a huge fan of street food. I'll take a Toronto hot dog or a Shanghai potato sandwich over a fancy meal any day!
Music, Movies, and Books
My taste in music is embarrassingly undefined. There is very little music that I don't like. When I'm in the studio painting, I listen to everything from Bob Marley to Bach.
As for movies, I'll watch anything but I'll only go to the cinema to see science fiction or comic-based movies. The two best movies of all time are (in my humble opinion) Bladerunner and The Princess Bride.
I love to read slightly odd fantasy and near-future dystopian cyberpunk. Anything Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Neil Stephenson, or William Gibson will do!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I lived in Paris for six months immediately after I finished art school. Since I had only enough money to survive on baguettes and brie, I took to drawing portraits for tourists.
Teach, Learn, Share
Interested in art? I'll be happy to teach you how to draw or paint while I visit. I have a few super-handy (and easy to learn) tricks that will really take your art to the next level.
What I Can Share with Hosts
The main thing I'd like to say I can share is my kindness. All else follows from acting with kindness, integrity, and honesty.
Since I genuinely love the exchange of ideas, I'll hope that a host will be willing to share his or her experiences and interests.
A while ago, I started something I called the "5-minute project." I tried to learn 5 minutes on any topic that could come up in casual social conversation. I ended up packing a lot of trivia into my head. Some of it is interesting and some of it is... well... going to stay in my head. ;)
Countries I’ve Visited
China, Colombia, England, France, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, England, France, Japan