Anne Bentley

I love mid-century minimalism, but I’m a stuff magnet.

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Where do you live?
Walnut Creek, California

Where have you lived?
Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts…

What medium do you use?
Digital & oil, gouache, watercolor

How do you stay inspired?
By opening my eyes! It’s impossible NOT to be inspired. Nature, museums, magazines, Instagram, clothing, vintage stores, etc., etc.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
Dick Blick

Do you work traditionally or digitally?

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
That’s a tough question! I guess at the moment — warm & cool greys, rosy beige & acid yellow.

What blog(s) do you read?

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
It’s fun.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Fashion designer

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Well, if we’re talking ‘dream’ jobs: poster art & surface designs for IKEA; fashion illustrations for catalogs; stationery; books; Crate & Barrel; Anthropologie; etc.

Name something you do in your spare time.
I like to play tennis and to hike with my dog.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
Strange in a very good way: salt & pepper shakers!

What are you reading now?
I keep some David Sedaris books by my bed, always good for a big laugh.

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Been looking at a book a friend gave me — A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming. It’s very interesting.

Where would you like to travel to next?
I’m not picky. Anywhere in Europe. Anywhere at all, for that matter.

What’s your favorite TV show?

What movie have you seen several times?
Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
The Pink Panther

Who are you in “The Office”?
Dwight Schrute, but better looking.

What is your favorite cheese?

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
I’m drawing a blank here

Do you wear shoes when you do art?

What do you listen to while you work?
Lots of different stuff; listening to Madeleine Peyroux now

What artist are you reincarnated from?
I’d like to say David Hockney (yes, I know he’s alive), Philip Guston, Alice Neel, Anni Albers, Matisse, Joan Mitchell. They inspire me.

What’s your middle name?

What do you wish your middle name was?
When I was little, I would say ‘Princess’. I’m ok with Mitchell now.

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Macaroni & cheese

How do you stay in shape?
Tennis and walking

How don’t you stay in shape?
Sitting and drawing!

What is your current favorite font?
I like fonts that look mod, from the sixties.

How do you take your coffee?
With lots of cream.

Whom would you like to meet?

What question would you most like to be asked?
What time would you like lunch?

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
I loved working with teNeues. They are the nicest group of people (Maureen, Carla & Alison). And drawing food for Yellow Pear Press was lots of fun, also super nice people! (Lisa McGuinness).

Bethesda Magazine
Blue Q
The Boston Globe
Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
Flow Magazine
Galison Books / Mudpuppy
One Hundred Eighty Degrees
Paul & Lydia
Quarto Publishing Group
Real Simple
Roger la Borde
Seattle Chocolate Company
Vivai Magazine
The Washington Post
Yellow Pear Press

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