Today we’d like to introduce you to Phoenix Soul-Fire.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
The unleashing of my creative being began as a little girl. I spent a lot of time with my great grandmother, “Abuela” (who is still fabulously kicking). We used to walk to the park, pond, playground, you name, and collect small bits of nature to take home and paint. At a young age my Abuela taught me that art was accessible and for everyone, all we had were nail polish and paper bags at times and we would create the most intricate master pieces. I grew up understanding that art was a form of the soul’s expression. So, when I started to struggle with anxiety and seasonal depression in my youth, art was a form of tranquility and release. In my adult years art has been a portal to mental clarity. I carried that in me throughout my life.
After college, I embarked on a beautiful journey to teach English in Thailand. The program I was a part of did not provide the resources and support I needed in-order to flourish in a foreign land. So, I left the program and moved up north to live on my own. I fell in love with myself while living abroad, I created community and a home away from home, I found my soul mate in a jazz bar beat boxing 90’s classics on a Tuesday night (we’ll save that for another time). I discovered myself there.
So, when I moved back to the States and my romantic partnership ended my anxiety and depression were triggered. I noticed the signs right away and decided to get back into my artwork and allow canvas to be a vehicle of letting go. Not long after I began my journey as an artist did I delve deeper into yoga and decide to take the Yoga teacher trainer to advance my practice. Both art and yoga remind me the power of movement and stillness. They teach you about courage and serenity, how to fight for what you love and when to let go. They are my piece of mind. They lead me to a more dope version of me! They are the catalyst to my rebirth. For that I am eternally grateful.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a visual creator. I make art with my hands using paint and different materials for canvas. Art is my form of meditation. Art allows me to self-reflect, stay present, and let go of things that no longer serve a higher purpose in my life. My art reveals that art is attainable, art is healing, and art can be a form of connection to both self and community. I teach art so that people can understand that art is for everyone who desires to create. I use my artwork as a platform to inspire others to let down fear and reservation and just be free. To allow themselves to create limitlessly without ego or hesitation. My artwork reflects my journey and a piece of me, unfiltered.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is measured by letting go of fear and taking a plunge into the unknown. Success is relative to every individual and for me it means following your instincts, releasing “can’t” from your vocabulary, and allowing your creative genius to break free. As an artist courage is essential. You must be courageous to put yourself out there and continue to be you no matter anyone’s critique of your work. Always remain true to you.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I teach art workshops in the community and vend at a number of markets and festivals both in and outside of the city. You can support me by attending a workshop, coming to a showcase, or just following my journey on social media.
- Website: www.phoenixsoulfire.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phoenixsoul.fire
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phoenixsoulart/