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.
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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