The Heroine’s Journey of Deanna Davoli

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That it provokes emotion to people when they view it. It has inspired many people, young and old to follow their own paths in the arts.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? To always have my family and friends, continue creating art and to be healthy. I would also love be able to be content with everything that life throws at me.

What is my greatest fear? Zombies!! Seriously, they scare the heck out of me. I am also afraid to see the people I love suffer in any way.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I tend to put myself down too much.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I have several, Larry Elmore, Tammy Pryce, Carrie Hawks, Enys Guerrero, Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Stephanie Law.

What is my greatest extravagance? I enjoy getting a really nice haircut every few months and occasionally a massage.

On what occasion would I lie? To spare a loved ones’ feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I feel like time is my biggest obstacle. I know I could produce better work if I had more time to practice. I do have another job and a small child, so I do not get to spend as much time on producing my art as I would like.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Presently, because my newest piece of art usually becomes my favorite because I learn something new with each piece.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I am generally pretty happy with myself. However, I do wish that I had wings. Ha!

What is my greatest achievement in work? That I am still here creating it and making a living doing so.

Where would I most like to live? Rivendell

What is my most treasured possession? My health, husband and daughter.

What is my most marked characteristic? My animated personality.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My backyard. We live on a huge forest/preserve. I get to see wildlife every day and see the forest itself as its own personality.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu. I have been vegetarian for 20 years, and I love going to this restaurant. They have a huge vegetarian menu with all kinds of tofu options, soups, noodles and veggies. My 6 year old daughter loves the tofu there too.

What books influenced my life and how? Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I grew up in the 90s and fell in love with the romantic and historical vampires that Anne Rice portrayed in her novels.

Who are my favorite writers? Anne Rice, JK Rowling and Diane Gabaldon.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 90s Alternative Rock (NIN, Nirvana, Radiohead, etc.), classical music and I have recently fallen in love with Crystal Castles (modern new age beat music). Sorry I know that’s more than 1 genre.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Claire Frasier from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. She has to overcome prejudice, pain, time, technology and history. She is an intelligent, strong, brave and courageous character.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My grandfather who passed away almost a year ago. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He loved everyone completely and was unbiased. He was a war hero, a simple gardener and my grandfather.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Forest Gump

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life, passion, therapy and inspiration. It comes in so many shapes and forms, and truly portrays the human condition. I have always thought it to be a universal language.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? One hundred percent, my amazing husband.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I just love working with artists in general. If I had to pick one specific artist I would say Larry Elmore. My art excelled and still improves because of this legendary artist. His classes were a pivotal time in my art and I can always learn more from him.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Enys Guerrero

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? Creating some more of my Alice in Wonderland characters and my Birthstone series of broken dolls.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Definitely online and at shows. I am set up at Renaissance Fairs and Conventions through the year. My goal is to have my own art book published within the next couple of years. It has been a goal of mine since the day I started sharing my artwork. I plan to use the kickstarter website as my platform to do this.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That your passion is a part of your heart and soul, regardless of whether it is your career. You will continue to bring out a world inside your mind onto paper.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Tammy Pryce, Carrie Hawks, Enys Guerrero and Stephanie Law.

How can you contact me. My website:


Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at 


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