Meet David Medhurst. David is a Paint Nite artist, or creative host, for Paint Nite Toronto. He hosts events at bars and restaurants in and around Mississauga, Oakville, and Brampton.
We spoke with David recently to find out why it is he does what he does, what he loves most about being a Paint Nite artist, and his favorite memories, moments, and songs.
Here’s what he had to say.
When did you become a Paint Nite artist and why?
“I started with Paint Nite in the fall of 2016. Throughout my professional career I have always enjoyed working with people—interacting, guiding, and inspiring. Paint Nite is a way to do all of these things and be artistic as well!”
What is your favorite part about hosting Paint Nite?
“I guess my favorite part is seeing the happiness on someone’s face when they have created something that (until Paint Nite) they thought was impossible.”
Do you have a studio? What is your favorite thing in your studio?
“Haha, that’s a loaded question. In theory, I have a studio in the basement of our house. However, if you ask my wife she would be more inclined to tell you that the whole house is my studio. I can’t really argue as my projects do seem to travel.”
What’s your favorite thing to paint and why?
“That really depends on my inspiration at the time. I illustrate children’s books so those characters are always a joy, but then I am also a bit of a Halloween nut, so spooky characters are also fun.
I guess a common thread through whatever I am doing would be the scenery, especially trees. I love trees in all their different shapes and personalities.”
What inspires you?
“Adventure inspires me. A good story always creates a thousand images in my mind that sometimes make their way to canvas, paper, or whatever medium I have my hands into.”
What’s your favorite song?
“Favorite song? That’s another hard one. I would have to say “It’s Only Love” by The Beatles is a consistent pleaser. Guaranteed a sing along for me and you have to go for the last note.”
Have you created a painting for our painting library? If so, what was it and where did the inspiration for it come from?
“Actually, I have a new one on the board that I just finished. Our summers at Sauble are very special to us and this new one is entitled “Sauble Point” is capturing that feeling quite well.”