Artists ~ Mark Gruneberg ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Matt Gruneberg
Shop name: GrunebergArt
Twitter: @GrunebergArt

1. Tell us about your work:
My focus is to preserve and bring attention to historic architecture through traditional drafting methods. There are many great buildings waiting to be rediscovered and sometimes a drawing opens up the imagination on what these structures could ideally become. I love the details in old buildings and drawing them lets me interact with the original designers and builders in my own little way.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
My Etsy shop began as Side View Studio because at the time of opening I enjoyed drawing objects as their flattened out versions, typically, from the side! My official business name has now branched out to become Gruneberg Illustration.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have my Masters Degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University. I entered that field because I loved to draw, and held onto that passion throughout schooling. After graduation and working in the field for a few years I realized I needed to follow my gut and keep the tradition of hand-drawing alive.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I have a growing library of architecture books from the late 1800's. They are filled with remarkable etchings and I try to mimic their style when using a pen. I also look to other sources of hand-made work, such as watchmakers or even chefs for their enthusiasm and attention to detail, which I hope I can match.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Orthographic (flat) building elevations have become my specialty. When you draw a building you learn so much more about it than by looking at a photo. Often times in real life you cannot see an entire section of the building at one glance, but this method of drawing allows for that.

6. What’s your best seller?
My historic building prints have been doing well, along with a historic-style architectural drawing of Hogwarts!

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Since I entered college in 2005

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
Bristol and Providence are wonderful places. Their scale allows for easy navigation and they are both packed with great places and people.

9. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
I need to remind myself of this sometimes, but don't stop making things! Practice, practice, practice and try to learn from all fields. Broadening horizons is a great way to hone your skill.

10. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Thank you so much for this interview opportunity and I hope we can chat again soon!


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