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.

 

Your Name

Bert Monroy

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#1 What is your primary job title?

Artist/Teacher

 

#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?

1960s

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#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?

Patience.

 

#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?

Both.

 

#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?

Hike.

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#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.