Painter and artist-in-residence at Canadian University Dubai Sylvain Tremblay reveals the secret to creativity - and his dream superpower
What is the number one item on your wish list?
Like any artist, my dream is to have my work exhibited in a museum - preferably before I die! I'd also like to have a studio in New York City one day.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
I love to travel, so my one superpower would have to be the ability to fly anywhere. Not just around the world, I'd want to go to the moon, travel to other planets and even beyond; I'm fascinated by what's out there.
What good deed are you hoping to do today?
To impart knowledge to the students I teach at Canadian University Dubai. To see someone learning something for the first time and being responsible for that is a wonderful experience.
What is your favourite hangout in the UAE?
360 Degrees at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It's the perfect place to watch the sun set in Dubai.
The first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What will be the new thing that I do today?
The app on your smartphone that you click on most often.
Your favourite movie character of all time and why?
John Keating - Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society. His advice to his students on 'carpe diem' - seize the day - is one of the most important lessons we can learn. I try to apply that in my life.
What is your favourite dish and your favourite restaurant in Dubai
Easy. the cod fish at Nobu, Atlantis - it is amazing.
What is one major life lesson you've learnt and what advice would you give others based on that?
Analysis is paralysis. Don't analyse yourself or your work too much, or you'll inhibit your talent. Be creative, move out of your comfort zone, and travel as much as you can - it really opens the mind.