I can’t remember the first time I saw Robert Bruno’s artwork, but from that first look, I was totally enamored. As a result, when Robert agreed to answer some questions for me, I was overjoyed. How often do you get the chance to interview one of your favorite artists? Definitely not often enough. Now sit back and enjoy my chat with Robert Bruno.
Nat: Since Covid-19 changed life as we know it, I’ve been sitting around watching Lifetime Movies, writing, and eating, with the latter being my first priority. Artistically, what have you been doing since this whole Covid-19 thing started?
Robert: A large portion of my time has been spent planning and pivoting my routines and business model to reflect and compensate for the areas that are now much slower as a result of the pandemic. I’ve been creating more personal and self-initiated projects and have even re-taught myself watercolor painting. One of the few, silver linings through all this.
Nat: That’s pretty awesome that you’ve managed to find a silver lining in all of this. Re-teaching yourself how to paint with watercolors is pretty darn impressive. Just so you know, I’ve been working on myself too. I’ve had some free time during which I’ve learned how to almost color within the lines of my niece’s coloring book. One day though – I have faith in myself.
Now, Rob, let’s go to the beginning, when it all started. When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?
Robert: I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, so the interest and passion started then. It wasn’t until my Sophomore year of high school that I started seriously considering pursuing something in art as a career.
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Nat: Since you were a kid, huh? That’s pretty cool to have a long-lasting interest in something and then nurturing it to the point that you can actually make a living from it. Unfortunately, nobody has offered to pay me for eating butter pecan ice cream yet, but a girl has to have some career goals.
Speaking of habits, you do Twitch streams once a week now. One day I think you had a former teacher with you. As a young person, it seems like you had a great deal of support for your artistic endeavors. Tell us about that.
Robert: For something like art, which is a fairly unorthodox career route, you definitely need support. I was very lucky and fortunate to have parents, friends, and role models throughout my life who were very encouraging and pushed me to achieve my dream.
Nat: That’s wonderful that you had support and encouragement. You are a very lucky guy. Most of my readers know that I was voted, “the most likely to die from crayon poisoning” in school. Needless to say, that was the extent of support for my artistic career. I ain’t mad though; I don’t have a list of names on my bedroom wall or anything like that.
Readers join me again later this week when I’ll be sharing the final portion of my chat with Robert Bruno. Meanwhile, if you want to check out Robert’s work, you can view it at www.brunodi.com.
You can also follow Robert Bruno on social media. FYI, Robert has been known to post some really good discount codes on his pages.
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About Nat Niemi
Nat Niemi is an award-winning writer and a dreamer with introvert opinions (the kind that sound loud in her own mind). She has written unnoticed books, unnoticed screenplays, and a million grocery lists greatly appreciated by grocery stores throughout the Atlanta area. Nat is also one of the Executive producers and writers of the upcoming comedy web series, “Bad Practice.”