What is the best thing that I love about my work? To physically create what was once just an idea.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? When the people you care the most are happy. Being able to create without restrictions.
What is my greatest fear? Something bad happening to my loved ones. Falling ill, consequently not being able to care for my family.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I’m a perfectionist and detailed oriented, which could be both good and bad.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Yayoi Kusama, Margaret Keane. Two artists with very different styles and backgrounds, but both became successful in an art world traditionally dominated by men, overcoming difficult personal circumstances, such as mental illness in the case of Kusama. Now ninety/near ninety, they are both still painting daily. I strive to be as active as them in my golden years. From my contemporaries, I admire Greg “Craola” Simkins’ impeccable technique and the magical worlds he creates.
What is my greatest extravagance? Travel, art supplies.
On what occasion would I lie? If the truth will cause extreme pain to the other person. To save someone’s life.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Paperwork, the business side of being an artist. Shipping artworks is always nerve-wracking.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Getting back to painting and exhibiting after years of working as a commercial artist.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’d like to be more outgoing and feel more at ease in big crowds. I’d also like to have purple eyes.
What is my greatest achievement in work? The positive feedback from fellow artists validates me as an artist.
Where would I most like to live? At this moment, where I am now. I enjoy experiencing the four seasons year round and the cultural life. Someday, if I ever retire, a place near the ocean.
What is my most treasured possession? My house.
What is my most marked characteristic? People say I’m caring and have a good sense of humor.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I live surrounded by trees and I feel at peace around nature. The city’s museums and exhibitions are always exciting and a constant source of inspiration.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? There’s this Japanese restaurant, nothing extravagant, but has great food that I really like. Also my own house: my family enjoys my baking and fish dishes.
What books influenced my life and how? Any book written by Agatha Christie. When I was thirteen, I discovered Agatha Christie in my school library. I’ve since, read them all. Her stories created a world of mystery and imagination. They made the little wheels in my head turn and pay attention to subtle things that most of us will pass inadvertently.
Who are my favorite writers? Ítalo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, Gabriel García Máquez, Michael Ende.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I enjoy new wave, alternative music. But on my last day I want classical piano.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Tintín (The Adventures of Tintín), Chihiro (Spirited Away). Because heroes come in every shape and size. It’s not necessary to be physically strong and have big muscles to do formidable things.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Anyone who puts others first rather than themselves. Often on a daily basis, it could be just small gestures. Their actions rarely get publicity because the people are not famous, but they’re good Samaritans.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Pan’s Labyrinth.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my life and my work. American artist James Walker’s words resonate with me: “Real artists don’t have a choice about making art, it’s simply a matter of satisfying an insatiable urgency to create.”
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would like to work more often with live models for my paint references. I’m fortunate to have friends whom graciously agreed to patiently pose in strange poses for me. I’ve done it several times and it has been a great experience.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Any of the artists I befriended online, specially the fellow members of my Collectives.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? There’s not one specific project, I look forward to all and each of them. I would like to find the time to start sculpting again and work on personal projects.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? On my website which also have details of my upcoming exhibitions. Also on my art shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigHelmetHead
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? When you feel strongly about something, it’s a driving force in your life, it might diminish sometimes but it will resurface again and never cease.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? My talented friends Jessica Perner, Ulla Anobile, Manny Chinacat Tang, Jen Lightfoot, Jessica Kallista, Diana Adams, Linnea Strid, Vitxy Art.
How can you contact me?
Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey
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Become a Friend of The Heroine’s Journey
We’re sometimes not too sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously: we talk of somewhat randomly ‘clicking’ with people. Trying to plan for it sounds like cheating. But in a busy world, the desire to socialise authentically, with interesting, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.
That’s why we created The Heroine’s Journey Friends scheme. Membership gives you the right to invite creative professionals to publish their story for free on The Heroine’sJourney online. Each story made possible by you is anchored around the big idea that when we our quest let’s us travel from a person who interests us to another person who interest them and exchange stories we learn more about ourselves, meet people who can make a difference for you and have more impact in the world with telling our story. Every month, in your own city or somewhere in the world you can invite creative professionals you like to tell their story for the Heroine’s Journey website.
If you have passion for your work, you will find kindred spirits in this way of travelling. The stories you will see of creative professionals you have invited for The Heroine’s Journey are guaranteed to be stimulating and reassuring – as well as prompts to genuine connection and insight. Every creative professional you bring forward to have their story free published on The Heroine’s Journey online, you will be offering a great experience to everyone you meet.
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- The right to offer 30 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity. The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
- The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – two times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
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Price is : Euro 299 for one year
The Heroine’s Journey Membership II Programme Includes
- The right to offer 50 creative professionals of your choice each year to tell their story with The Heroine’s Journey questionnaire as free publicity. The stories are published on the Heroine’s Journey online. Every professional published knows you are the one who made this available for them.
- The right to update your own story at The Heroine’s Journey – questionnaire and picture – four times each year to keep up with your new events, shows, books, performances, videos.
- The right to tell your story in more detail with the Heroine’s Journey questionnaire up to six pages online and add up to ten professional pictures of yourself and your work.
- 20% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey seminars world wide
- free entrance to the special The Heroine’s Journey in One Day conference which is held once every quarter in 2018 (the four locations in 2018 are Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona)
Price is : Euro 449 for one year
The programmes last for 365 days, after which you will be asked if you’d like to renew your subscription.
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