Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented Bert Monroy. Check out his amazing photo-realistic work here.
#1 What is your primary job title?
#2 Who or what inspires you?
Maxfield Parrish, Richard Estes and life.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
Whatever is important or cool that particular day. Sometimes what isn’t.
#4 Share a life lesson you learned?
Don’t put things off, get them done.
#5 Favorite period of history?
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
A street scene in Paris. It is a breakaway from my usual work in that, due to a new machine, I have increased the size and res of the image giving me more detail than ever before.
#7 Describe your personal style.
Work wise my style is Hyper-realistism. Life, intense and laid back at the same time.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
Illustrator and Photoshop.
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
Been drawing since I was 2.
#10 What's your super power?
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
#12 What makes you happy?
The simple things in life like a hike in the woods or a good plate of pasta.
#13 What do you do to relax?
#14 Your place of birth?
New York City
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
Richard Estes and the rest of the artist in the Photorealism movement.
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
I was once in Chicago to do a demonstration of PixelPaint. I specified that the machine needed to have and 8-bit board to handle the 256 colors.
When I arrived, the machine was not as ordered. With the guts of the machine spread out all over the table, I had to stall and entertain the audience of about 500 people for 45 minutes while Apple Chicago brought the right video card so I could do my thing.
Fortunately not a single person left.
#17 Color of the car you drive?
Green Honda CRV
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Playing the piano.
#19 How do you get your news?
Ear to the ground. Newspapers, TV, Internet anything that comes at me.
#20 Advice to other creatives?
Do what you love and are passionate about. Don’t be swayed by what others think of your work, do what comes from your heart.