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Artist Bobby Winston, Former Jupiter Resident, Has Growing Fan Base In Brazil

Former Jupiter resident, Bobbie Winston has lived a number of lives in her three-quarters of a century on this planet. Born in Brooklyn, New York and eventually settling in Jupiter, Florida, this dynamic woman is the mother of grown children, a performing artist, an interior designer, a radio station owner, a business woman and an entrepreneur… and since 1988 – an expatriate. “La Femme Bobbíe” known for her colorful style and outgoing personality, emigrated from South Florida to Rio de Janeiro in 1988. She learned to speak fluent Portuguese and began a new chapter of her life as a successful business advisor and personal counselor to high-level Brazilian corporate executives. While doing all this, she began to increasingly find joy and expression in painting – at first, as a hobby. Now, her paintings prominently appear on the walls of a number of local shops and cafes in the world-famous tourist lure that is her Copacabana neighborhood. The Rickie Report shares her story and some sneak peeks of her water-based paintings.  Enjoy!

 

 

“L A    F E M M E    B O B BÍ E”

 

 

 

BobbieWinstonThe Lovers (2015)

“The Lovers” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

Former Jupiter resident Bobbie Winston has lived a number of lives in her three-quarters of a century on this planet. Born in Brooklyn, New York and eventually settling in Jupiter, Florida, this dynamic woman is a former co-owner of the landmark Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant franchise on Federal Highway in Lake Park. Among her life credentials: mother of grown children, performing artist, interior designer, radio station owner, business woman and entrepreneur. And since 1988 – expatriate.

 

 

 

 

 

Bobbie – known to a growing number of friends and followers by the nickname “La Femme Bobbíe” for her colorful style and outgoing personality – emigrated from South Florida to Rio de Janeiro in 1988. She learned to speak fluent Portuguese and began a new chapter of her life as a successful business advisor and personal counselor to high-level Brazilian corporate executives. She coaches them on how to engage with Americans and other English-speaking associates in the expanding global marketplace.

 

 

BobbieWinstonMedusa's Glare (2015)

“Medusa’s Glare” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

While doing all this, she began to increasingly find joy and expression in painting – at first, as a hobby. Over a number of years, she developed a body of work displaying a striking, eye-catching look with provocative themes that began to fill the walls of her Copacabana beachfront apartment. She kept most of her paintings during this period, while giving many away as gifts to friends and business clients. Her paintings prominently appear on the walls of a number of local shops and cafes in the world-famous tourist lure that is her neighborhood.

 

 

 

Bobbie posing next to one of her paintings.

Bobbie Winston posing with one of her paintings hanging on wall in Copacabana beauty salon. Former Jupiter resident developing art and a following in Rio

 

 

 

 

 

Word of Bobbie’s talent began spreading throughout greater-Rio and beyond… but Bobbie did not take herself seriously enough to think about “going pro” and actually selling her pieces. Two relatively recent events began to change that.

 

 

 

BobbieHarrisonThe Flower Pot (2015)

“The Flower Pot” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

First, Bobbie discovered the Rickie Report through an American relative and became fascinated by the dynamics of the thriving artist and artisan community that this publication covers “back home.”  Second, and almost simultaneously, she began to receive inquiries about her paintings from international art collectors who were discovering them posted on her Facebook page.

 

 

BobbieWinstonCurly Haired Woman in Red Striped Hat (2015)

“Curly Haired Woman in Red Striped Hat” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

Bobbíe tells the Rickie Report, “The power of social media in promoting art is amazing. I wasn’t even trying to market myself, per se… just sharing my paintings with friends and relatives back in the U.S. All of a sudden, people I’ve never heard of are contacting me with interest in buying specific pieces. And here in Rio, people are calling me asking for appointments to come to my apartment and see my home gallery.” Bobbíe adds, “I still haven’t even gotten around to launching a website.”

 

 

BobbieWinstonFlower Power (2015)

“Flower Power” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

Her work displays a highly-identifiable style. Most of her pictures are either wildly abstract portraits, full human figures, or imaginative, surrealistic scenarios – all marked by dramatic features and bold, striking colors.

 

 

BobbieWinstonFreaky Circus (2008)

“Freaky Circus” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

When asked about the abstract nature of her work, Bobbíe replies, “’Abstract is in the eye of the beholder. My paintings are not abstract to me. Perhaps, they represent my quirky vision of the reality that is humanity and the world.” Her paintings reflect the multi-cultural nature of Brazil, whimsical sexuality, and what she describes as her own “relentless imagination.”

 

 

BobbieWinstonTeardrop (2015)

“Teardrop” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

TALKERS magazine, the national trade publication serving the talk radio and television industries in the United States, commissioned Bobbíe to paint a special portrait symbolizing a female talk show host for a series of five articles collectively titled, “The State of Women on Talk Radio.”  The painting, dubbed by its creator, “Two-Toned Talker,” is an abstract image of a multi-racial/multi-cultural female wearing headsets and talking on a microphone.

 

BobbieWinstonThe Two Toned Talker (2015)“The Two Toned Talker” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

The publication’s executive art director, Marcia Daly, tells the Rickie Report, “We turned to Bobbíe for this special project because she is still largely unknown to American art appreciators and we wanted something really strikingly original to punctuate the importance of this series of articles that addresses the gender imbalance of performers that has long existed within this segment of broadcasting.”

 

 

BonnieWinstonThe Triplets (2015)

“The Triplets” by Bobbíe Winston

 

 

Bobbíe, who is self-taught, works very quickly creating at least one painting per week. She employs tools and materials readily available.  She explains, “The art stock I work upon is manufactured in France and especially designed to be used with water base paint.  The size of the paper is either 30cm x 43cm (large) or 21cm x 30cm (small).  There are various manufacturers such as Bic, Faber Castell, etc.  In Brazil, they are called ‘water base paint pens’ (when translated into English).  I have no idea what they call them in the U.S.  Maybe they are called markers.

 

 

BobbieHarrisonWater Base Paint Markers

Artist Materials Used By Bobbíe Winston

 

 

 

 

Bobbíe continues, “Dealing on this level, the marketing of my art is new to me. I receive great gratification knowing that people like my work and are even willing to pay for it.” According to Bobbíe, she has been selling her paintings for between $250 U.S. and $1500 U.S. “depending upon how important the individual piece is to me personally.” She adds, “I still find it difficult, in many cases, to part with a painting knowing that I will never see it again in person… or on the wall of a friend… or at a local shop here in Copacabana.”

 

 

Bobbíe Winston’s Facebook page can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/bobbiewinstonartist. She can be emailed at lafemmebobbie@gmail.com.

 

 

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