It’s My Responsibility Now

Last week, Jack, a homeless gentleman I met recently walked along the city store fronts, pulling cigarettes and trash from planters and tossing them into the road for the eventual street sweeper. I felt overwhelming love, respect, and gratitude for this man’s commitment to beautifying this place. (If I’d been walking, I’d have thanked him in person, and later asked our mutual friend to extend my gratitude.)

Yesterday I looked out my window and saw a grassy hill covered by a broken trash bag, thrown from a car window, most likely. “I’ll pick that up later,” I thought. Yet the reality is, if I don’t do it, who will? And when?


I was embarrassed at my simple pause…. which instantly motivated me. “Jack,” I thought. So I tossed on Uggs and a raincoat, latex gloves (being a painter, I’ve got ’em around), and I cleaned up the hillside.

Drivers by were confused, but grateful. People smiled their gratitude. What I thought would be an embarrassing moment became beautiful.

My neighborhood is more cared for because of me.

I’m grateful that Jack, a man currently without a home man became my elegant teacher.

Spring is about new beginnings. I long to be a more active, global citizen, to become more responsible for my neighbors children, the public domain, and the plastic footprint I leave. So I’m doing it. Right here, right now.

I hope the world around me is more colorful and beautiful than it would have been yesterday. That my own Spirit Capture Portrait would be more lovely than the day before. That I leave this world better than I found it by Springing into action when Spirit Calls.

This is my wish for you.

Happy new roses and (my favorite) gardenias,


Uniting art and science to make a difference

  • Portrait Artist Robbi Firestone aligns with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to unite her distinct Spirit Capture Portraits with the spirit of survivorship.
  • Firestone’s art will be featured in the Center’s Travel & Leisure auction on Saturday, May 1st at the Westin Hotel in downtown Bellevue.  Firestone will be featured in the program and her Spirit Capture Portrait will be a Live Auction item. More information can be found at
  • The spirit within cancer patients and survivors is a powerful tool for battling and beating cancer. At the age of four, Robbi lost her mother to breast cancer. She says, “If there had been a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in my life at that time, my mother might still be alive today.”
  • Firestone’s loss gave her the inspiration to unite with the Hutchinson Center to not only help find a cure for cancer but also empower those who are cancer survivors.
  • In the unification of the Hutchinson Center and Firestone’s work, there is a similar passion to make a difference in the lives of others. The Center incorporates art in its daily culture reflecting the common bond between art and science — each of which is an innovative and challenging endeavor requiring vision and creativity.
  • The Hutchinson Center’s Survivorship Program’s philosophy embraces survivors, those who love them and other medical professionals charged with providing general health care. “We are proud to be a resource for survivors, regardless of where original treatment may have taken place,” says Scott Baker, director of the Survivorship Program. The program enables the Center to offer survivors the opportunity to shape their own future health care, as well as the care of future patients through our research.
  • “I think science is art,” says Dr. Lee Hartwell, President and Director of the Hutchinson Center. “I mean there’s really no difference between the two.  Science, as Rinowski said, ‘involves the imagination’ and all of art involves the imagination.  We’re always having to take what we think we know and try and think what we don’t know. “

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