The Heroine’s Journey of Sarah Jane Moon

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That it evolves and changes and isn’t static. That it is a place to try out new ideas and investigate concepts I’m personally interested in. That it brings me in to relationship with others.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Having a multitude of ideas for paintings, and feeling one has the time to complete them without external pressures.

What is my greatest fear? Not trying.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I wish I was an early riser!

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Cecily Brown, Susanne do Toit, Jennifer Pochinski, Maggi Hambling, .. it’s a long list really.

What is my greatest extravagance? There are many in the studio but I define them as necessities. Beyond that, visiting New Zealand every year to see my family.

On what occasion would I lie? To not offend. I can be over polite to a fault.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? A literalness that creeps in when I’m under pressure.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Mostly I’m happiest if I’m really engaged in the work, but generally studio mornings are best when the light is gentle and I have a full pot of coffee on, the radio and the entire uninterrupted day at the easel ahead.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be less rigid.

What is my greatest achievement in work? There are things, pictures, that have won awards or sold well or been collected in public collections but I think sometimes the greatest achievement can be the particular shade of pink on an ear, or the turn of a wrist in a painting, moments that really capture something. And then there’s the perseverance; that’s an achievement of sorts.

Where would I most like to live? Thankfully, usually this is wherever I am. Currently London and not a bad place to be in terms of stimulation. I do hanker after bigger studio space, wide open skies and the sea however. I love the idea of a coast; a view of the sea and dramatic weather shifts.

What is my most treasured possession? My passport. As a foreigner in the UK it’s the one thing I really would be in trouble without.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’ve been told I’m very sociable.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The Thames at dusk. Or Hampstead Heath.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Morito to eat. Anywhere along the Southbank to drink, purely for the view of the Thames.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I much prefer antiheroes.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? People I know who are doing what they love with integrity.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle.

What role plays art in my life and work? It is both.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I’m fortunate to be able to say I have too many to name, but definitely at the top of the list are my mother and girlfriend.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I don’t have a list as such, but suppose someone unexpected!

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Again, no list as such.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? There are many! Specifically I’m looking forward to developing a portraiture project and also working on several literary themes in my work.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? My work will next be shown as part of the Clifford Chance pride Exhibition in June / July. I will also be in a number of other group shows through the year including Art For Youth at the Mall Galleries and am donating to the Stonewall auction this Summer. Also, Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls & I are hoping to tour Threesome outside of London venues to be announced.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? The concept of retirement has always seemed bizarre to me. I hope to always have a capacity and agility for painting.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? There are so many. Start with Roxana Halls & Sadie Lee whom I exhibited with at the start of the year perhaps..?

How can you contact me?

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

botticelli-primaveraThe Heroine’s Journey Membership

Become a friend of The Heroine’s Journey for Euro 60 for One Year.

When we are on our heroine’s journey we sometimes believe we are alone. A lot of our creative work as writer, artist, musician, designer is done alone. Sometimes we meet people we have a creative connection with.  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, passionate, like-minded people, deserves to be addressed directly.

That’s why we created The Heroine’s Journey Friends. Membership gives you access to a year-long series of regular conversation drinks in a city in your country, each one anchored around a big idea we’ll discuss over drinks and food. Every month, in a central venue in Rome, Florence, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Berlin, München, Sevilla, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, Brussel, Melbourne or Antwerp, we come together with other members of the diverse and bright community of the The Heroine’s Journey. At each event, you’ll be offered a conversation menu and systematically (and entertainingly) introduced to everyone else in the room. If you enjoy our work, you will find kindred spirits. The evenings are guaranteed to be stimulating and reassuring – as well as prompts to genuine connection and insight.

The Programme Includes

  • Access to the cycle of regular Friends’ conversation drinks in central Rome, Florence, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga,  Berlin, München, Sevilla, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, Brussel, Melbourne or Antwerp venues, plus a free ticket to the first event.
  • Subsequent Friends’ events cost as little as Euro 30 per ticket.
  • The right to invite each year 25 of your creative friends to tell their story on the Heroine’s Journey website as free publicity.
  • 10% discount on all The Heroine’s Journey products and Special Events.
  • 10% commission for every friend of you who buys a The Heroine’s Journey product
  • Access to future international Friends Conversation Drinks in any new cities
  • The right to update your story on The Heroine’s Journey website 2 times each year with new performances, gallery events, etcera.
  • The right to upgrade your story on The Heroine’s Journey website with pictures of  professional photographers and up to five pages of text on the questionaire.

The programme lasts for 12 months, after which you will be asked if you’d like to renew your subscription. If you like you can buy a friends membership for someone else.

The price of The Heroine’s Journey membership is Euro 60  

To buy The Heroine’s Journey Friends membership contact Peter at and he lets you know what to do.

Friends’ Events topics

Over the course of the year, our conversation evenings cover the following topics:

May:  Testdrive your Dreamjob
June:  The Power of your Story
July:   Make Money Doing What You Love
August: What is your Story?
September: The Financial Freedom to Create

October: They Lived Happily Ever After
November: The Creative Tragedy
December: Passion Never Retires
January: Self Promotion for Heroines
February: Taboos & Myths of the Creative Life
March: Time Management for Creatives
April: Storytelling for Heroines

[the themes recur, so you can join at any time and enjoy the cycle of 12]


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