paint_monger
32 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
First and foremost, I'm a nerd. Mostly with science fiction, art, and language - punctuation in particular. I like doing research and learning seemingly trivial facts about as many different things as possible. I've only recently moved to Portland from the San Francisco bay area, which is where I've spent all of my life (mostly in San Jose.) I studied illustration at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and graduated in 2006 with my BFA. If I'm not drawing or painting I'm typically reading, and if I'm not doing any of the above I'm surely thinking about them.
What I’m doing with my life
I spent twenty-seven years living within a fifty mile radius of Oakland, California. I moved to Portland in July because it was definitely time for a change, and to that end I'm interested in not only what Portland has to offer, but life as a whole. Things are changing for me, and it's all very exciting.

My long-term goal is to support myself with freelance illustration work, so most of my decisions are made with that in mind, but I'm not one to let dedication to a craft get in the way of living life.
I’m really good at
It's all relative, isn't it? Some would say I'm really good at drawing and painting, and I'd say I'm good enough, but then I'm never satisfied. I'm pretty clever and I'm good at coming up with solutions to problems. I guess you could say I'm good at being analytical; as if you couldn't tell by the way I over-thought this question.
The first things people usually notice about me
I would guess they notice that I'm taller than the average guy, and kind of lanky. I feel I'm well proportioned, however. I've also been told my smile is eye-catching.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This summer I got a Kindle, so I've been racing through just about anything I can get my hands on. I'll read classics like Vonnegut and Heinlein, but also more contemporary writers like King and Steig. And everything in between. If it seems interesting, I'll definitely read it.

I love bad movies: but really I just look for something that will entertain me for its duration. Plots are good - I'm not a fan of gore for the sake of gore - but silly, campy, thought-provoking, and action blockbuster are all good too. My favorite movie is Star Wars, but I hope you won't hold that against me. (I'm also first in line to point out its glaring faults, so don't worry, I'm not a derranged fanatic.)

I don't watch a lot of television these days, but I do make a point to watch a few shows here and there. Again, mostly silly shows that one can't take too seriously. I love to laugh.

My musical tastes run the spectrum too. If there's something that hooks me, I'm sold. Cake is my favorite band, but I also enjoy classic rock, hard rock, punk rock, classical, techno, bluegrass, hip-hop, funk, disco, etc. I'm always looking for something new (and good) to listen to.

Food? I love to eat. Anything, really. I know good food when I get it, but there's something so appealing about food that'a kind of junky and divey. What I'm saying, if I'm saying anything at all is I'm not a snob and always willing to try something new.
The six things I could never do without
Sketchbook, oil paint, inspiration, my dachshund Maxfield, good friends, and laughter.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Art. Seriously, I'm a nerd. If I'm not actively making it I'm usually in my head mixing colors, planning brushstrokes, or plotting out future projects. I just can't turn it off.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm either curled up with a book or hunched over the easel working on a painting, but I'll trade either one for good company.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I just discovered that the only pictures I have of myself are reference photos I've taken for paintings. Personally, I think they're hilarious. Maybe I'll share them sometime.

And if that doesn't do it for you (but let's be real, who could resist a man who plays dress up and pretends to be an airship postman?), I'm inexplicably addicted to romantic comedies. Especially those staring Hugh Grant. And I really wish I knew why.
You should message me if
If you laughed even once while reading my profile or if you read through all of my rambling and still have the inclination to talk to me. I can be a pretty chatty guy, so if you want to talk, we'll talk.
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