I am originally from Montpellier in the South of France. Became a US citizen 5 years ago... I came to California in the summer of 1990, fell in love with the Bay Area and never left! I am the father of a terrific 8 year old boy. Love being a father! Having a child made me grow like a weed! I had my years of being often called a " wild Frenchman " Living a clean and sober life today, I can see life from a different angle, loving this new healthy lifestyle! Living in the present is something I enjoy enormously. Trying to find balance in between career, family time, travels, learning to be easier on myself and appreciate the person I became. I have 2 small tattoos in honor of my son, I can appreciate this body art form..just had another one done a few weeks ago, in relation to spirituality and to honor my African roots (Born in Ivory Coast)
Just back from 3 months in Europe, south of France to visit my family and work in Italy, Slovenia and Spain!
What I’m doing with my life
SMILE...and not take things for granted.
I was living in Sonoma county for many years and relocated to Greenwood near Auburn, CA to be closer to my son. I am a photographer and digital artist, have been photographing Arabian Horses since 1994, covering events, races in the US and all around Europe... into portraiture and dancers photography at the moment. I also ran a house painting company for almost 10 years and continue to do a little bit of the trade here and there but having the camera in my hand is way more enjoyable than a brush and roller :) and my biggest addiction besides riding my motorcycle is to use my creativity with Photoshop!I like working for myself and challenges, enjoy being a dad, trying to figure out what makes my son happy, curious, trying to find healthier ways of living, more meaning to daily life, facing my hopes and fears, learning to appreciate more what life brings to me, to be more grateful for having an amazing family and some strong friends, learning, learning .. "My politic is to be an artist" For the past 2 years, I have been photographing a lot of belly dancers, mostly Tribal as well as Burlesque events. I have met a lot of wonderful friends in the process, a community I am in touch with on a regular basis.
Spirituality holds an important place in my life...
I have been riding motorcycles since I was 14, got the bug and still ride today but more carefully, so my son keeps his dad around for years to come.
I am trying to be more grateful for the things I do have in my life, the solid friends, a very positive family...
Being new to this area is a bit challenging after living in the Bay Area for 23 years but the Gold Country is also very magical, especially the YUBA RIVER where I love to go hike, meditate...but sharing some hikes would also be lovely!
I’m really good at
Being loyal, having integrity and humility ( was raised that way),
showing affection in public like holding hands etc...opening doors/
being a gentleman, Living life without smoking, drinking alcohol or
any kinds of drugs, not taking myself seriously and make women
laugh, good with my hands, making my own clothes at times, good
artistic sense and very creative, could not imagine living without
creativity really! Good with a camera in my hands, color matching /
design, not following the main stream, coming up with
ideas...kissing I have been told...but I would let you be the judge
of that if life takes us there, making good yummy salads and
dressing! Finding good day trip destinations! being a good father
to my son ( that is my number one priority!!), knowing the
difference between " making love" and just having sex :) good at
playing many musical instruments...I am far from perfect, aware of
the things I have to work on, trying to be a better person and
father is always on my mind...
The first things people usually notice about me
Being genuine, easy going and friendly, good sense of humor
My strong French accent et oui :) even after 20+ years in the US it
is still very strong. Frog talking here! Franglish! :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like Independent movies, Sundance, National Geographic, History
Channel, World music, Flamenco ( LOVE FLAMENCO MUSIC) and most
other type of musics, Ethnic foods, Thai, French, Seafood LOVE
SEAFOOD!...The Phantom of the Opera, The English Patient, old black
and white Classic movies, so much more to list...the power of now,
the fastest Indian motorcycle, West Side Story, Blade Runner, the
5th element, Deep blue, black and red colors!
The six things I could never do without
My son, friends, motorcycle riding (I ride as often as possible, at
least a couple times a week), warm weather, connection to my
family, photography, meditation, creativity...yes, more than 6
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my son and how I could be the best possible father to him,
Motorcycle riding destinations, creativity, where I will be in life
in a year from now, when this economy will come back..doesn't look
like any time soon, how I can help to make a difference in the
world, why a lot of people forget to smile, when education will be
more appreciated and receive more funds so we can keep the next
On a typical Friday night I am
Do not have typical Friday nights since I am self employed, it is
just another eve of the week but I am usually doing art or enjoying
a nice dinner and good conversation with friends or enjoying time
with my son if he is with me
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
If you are genuine, not shallow or materialistic, artistic or at
least understand an artist minded guy, have an interested in French
culture / language...( would definitely be a +) enjoy stimulating
conversation, educated, well traveled, enjoy other cultures, you
like kids and animals, nature and quiet, hiking in nature / feeling
at home surrounded by trees, rivers..not into bars and football,
rarely watch TV, Spirituality is also a part of your life, you care
about others, your community...
In my opinion,
"GOOD COMMUNICATION" is key to a successful relationship.
I am not at all afraid to express my own feelings and looking for