Santa Fe Portrait Artist Robbi Firestone Reunites Listeners with their Creativity in Riveting “Matter of the Mind” Radio Show (KVSF 101.5 FM) and Podcast

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On May 11, commissioned portrait artist Robbi Firestone shared concrete insights on how to turn artistic dreams into dedicated practices and profit, during her interview by host Mark Perry on “Matter of the Mind” radio show (KVSF 101.5 FM). Firestone also described her Spirit Capture commissioned oil portrait process, in which the artist focuses on the subject’s inner beauty as well as outer likeness, and discussed her upcoming exhibition, The Spirit of Santa Fe (August 9, 2013, Casweck Galleries).

Robbi Firestone, Artist and creator of Spirit Capture Oil Portraits, celebrating fine art as spiritual practice

Robbi Firestone, Artist and creator of Spirit Capture Oil Portraits

“The subject comes to my studio for a day...it’s an intimate day of communion. I ask them about their obstacles, passions and possibilities, what do they want in their lives, what’s holding them back."

Like many people, fine artist Robbi Firestone was taught growing up that pursuing the life of a fine artist was not legitimate; that she couldn’t possibly make a living at it. For years she believed this, working as a graphic designer while squeezing artistic “hobbies” into the margins of her life.

“I wasn’t rejecting my creativity as much as my worthiness. I wasn’t cooperating with my true self. It was unkind for me to not let myself create, paint, and do what I love to do.” During this podcast (http://www.santafe.com/podcasts/listen/a-matter-of-the-mind-may-11-2013), Firestone describes—in concrete steps that anyone can follow—her journey to embracing her true self and achieving prosperity, in her case through becoming a Spirit Capture portrait commission fine artist.

Firestone explained to the radio host that during a sitting for a Spirit Capture oil portrait, “The subject comes to my studio for a day, and we sit together as I’m painting. It’s an intimate day of communion. I ask them about their obstacles, passions and possibilities, what enlivens them, what do they want in their lives, what’s holding them back. Toward the end of the painting process, I embed an affirmation to them into the painting that is unique to each person. ‘This is who I know you are; this is the beauty I see in you. This is the limitless you. I don’t care who you’ve been up to this point, this is who you are and I am going to do everything I can to support you in that.’” At the end, Firestone also writes this Spirit Capture letter on parchment and gives it to them as a gift, in addition to the oil portrait commission.

Firestone's unique portrait paintings are vivacious, vibrant, and saturated—not traditional—and especially appeal to musicians (clients include Keb’Mo’ and Bart Millard of MercyMe), athletes, spiritual visionaries and performers, people who appreciate the movement and positivity in her work.

Firestone is currently painting a series called "The Spirit of Santa Fe," for an exhibition at Santa Fe’s Casweck Galleries opening August 9, 2013. “There are people who exemplify the spirit of Santa Fe,” Firestone says, “like Judge Michael Vigil, and designer Lisa Samuels, President of New Mexico Women in Film Linda McDill, and the beautiful, soulful Harriette King and Shibana Singh.” These individuals were nominated by trusted advisers, because they exemplify the City Different. The subjects, from varying socioeconomic levels and backgrounds, represent Santa Fe’s rich diversity. “I am asking each subject two questions,” says Firestone. “What does spirit mean to you? And what is the spirit of Santa Fe?”

Listen to the complete podcast at http://www.santafe.com/podcasts/listen/a-matter-of-the-mind-may-11-2013.

Robbi Firestone's Spirit Capture oil portrait commissions focus on inner beauty, as well as physical likeness. She scripts an intuitive letter stating, "The Beauty I See in You" about her subject, imbedding it into the final piece to be enjoyed for generations.

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CONTACT: Cecile Haut
TELEPHONE: (631) 708-6745
EMAIL: Cecile(at)robbifirestone(dot)com

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