OCCUPATION: Senior vice president for curatorial affairs, Mystic Seaport.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Vancouver, Canada.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Planning the Era of Exhibitions; thinking about the books I wish I had time to write; Oh, and raising three kids, Charlotte, Catherine, and Henry.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, playing checkers with my daughters.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Professionally, I’m pretty proud of the exhibition schedule we have coming up! personally, the kids, of course.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Inviting change.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Seeing more of the world.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Or under my arm, a book.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A writer or a cowboy, apparently.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My wife, Allison Bell.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Not a fair question.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: Today? “The Saltwater Frontier,” “The Maisky Diaries,” “Michelangelo: An epic life” (he’s having a good year!), and “Art in the Anthropocene.”
I AM LISTENING TO: Verdi in the morning, A Tribe Called Quest in the evening.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Want to take the family to “Paddington 2” this weekend!
FAVORITE TV SHOW: These days, “The Crown.”
FAVORITE SONG: I’ve never considered that before.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Mexican.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Giving up.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: My 3-year-old son when I leave for work: “No daddy, just stay home.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: We moved here in 2016 and we still can’t believe how nice everyone is.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Tea.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I don’t drink coffee.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be yourself.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Never give up.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Listen.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: My first thought was pay off the mortgage, which sounds so boring. 20-year-old me wants to know what happened.
I DRIVE A: 2011 Buick Regal, for which I have been widely mocked by my peers. What can I say, it’s quiet.
I WISH I DROVE A: I’d rather go for a walk.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Apples and peanut butter.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: I’d rent out a pub for the night and invite all of our friends from different stages of our lives in Canada and the USA. Our friends are like family.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro