Ethan Stewart
Ethan Stewart

Born and raised on Cape Cod, Ethan Stewart has been calling Santa Barbara home off and on since that great El Nino winter of 1998. On his way to writing the news for The Independent, Stewart has worked as a bellhop, a carpenter, a surf shop lackey, an overnight security guard on a sprawling Gaviota ranch, a delivery truck driver, a school teacher, and a landscaper. A passionate explorer of Mother Nature's more open and wild places, Stewart reckons Boston Red Sox baseball is the closest thing he has to religion, considers the ocean to be a mandatory daily activity, has been sleeping with sand in his bed for as long as he can remember, has a dog named Danger and a wife from Montana named Anna.

Q&A

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Offshore breezes, empty lineups, people who create without expectation, sunrises, rainstorms, my wife, day drinking, night hiking, and good coffee

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: The Pacific Ocean, especially the parts of her that ebb and flow along the great Gaviota Coast

FAVORITE WRITERS: Hunter, Hemingway, Chabon, Styck, Coetzee and Thoreau

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Banksy

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Katy Perry

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: When the words are coming fast and easy, the rest of the world fades away no matter what is on the radio or outside my window.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: You can play in the ocean, climb in the mountains, soak in a hidden hot spring, prowl a gallery, visit a winery or three and still be home in time for dinner.

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): I draw a pretty awesome penguin

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The Legal Street Art of Santa Barbara
The Legal Street Art of Santa Barbara
A.M.A.S.S (Artists Making a Street Scene) has been bringing a bit of edge and creative culture to Santa Barbara's most distinctly tourist-serving part of town since 2009.
From Wall Street to Salvation: Chris Potter's Painting Marathon
From Wall Street to Salvation: Chris Potter's Painting Marathon
Know anyone who traded a high finance job for plein air painting? Probably not. But in Santa Barbara, one man did just that. Chris Potter is an everyday painter who paints every day.
Of Love, Surfboards, and Callused Hands: The Art of Function and Flow as Interpreted by Ryan Lovelace
Of Love, Surfboards, and Callused Hands: The Art of Function and Flow as Interpreted by Ryan Lovelace
Ryan Lovelace hand-builds surfboards, working with reverence to preserve and protect the power of surfing.
The Weird and Wonderful World of the Adler Brothers
The Weird and Wonderful World of the Adler Brothers
A duo of artists, the Adler Brothers hustle to make ends meet in the underground, but also hang increasingly often in the upper echelons of international fine art.
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