What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I always followed my instinct and I always longed for freedom. It was my instinct what told me to give up painting when I was a teenager, and it was my instinct what called me back to it, many years later. What I love most about working as an artist is the freedom of expression I find in it, and being able to answer the call of this guiding instinct in my day to day work. I also love making others happy through the stories I tell through my paintings.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is when you can resonate with others.
What is my greatest fear?
I always chase away my fears – big and small – so I don’t think I can define the biggest fear.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I don’t really deplore anything, I am what I am.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
It’s really hard to name just a few so I rather not name any. In general I admire artists that tell stories, make art for the love of it, and artists who’s work make me vibrate.
What is my greatest extravagance?
Being an artist is in a way an extravagance in itself.
On what occasion would I lie?
I think when I’d try to spare someone of unnecesary suffering.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I truly dislike describing my paintings in words. When I finish a painting, I feel I also finished its story, a story told through visual language. And I like to keep the mystery of the story, and not have to put it in words.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I certainly am the happiest when I’m in front of my easel and what I see in the back of my mind is the same as what I can see on the canvas.
What is my greatest achievement in my work?
I like that people recognize my style and I like that so many people appreciate my work. I find these two things my greatest achievements. I also found an audience and quite some recognition as an mirabilist artist in a relatively short time, and I think this is great too.
If I could choose right now a favorite place, where would I like to live?
Maybe I woulnd’t live in any fixed place, but travel, together with my family.
What is my most treasured possession?
I have a small orthodox icon that belonged to my grandparents. I took it from their home after they passed, and I keep it. They used to pray in front of it.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I tend to be a perfectionist and I try not to be.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
This won’t be a truly surprising answer but I find inspiration at home. I like my garden and my space and the quietness I have to draw my sketches. After these moments, when I get back in my workroom, I can already see in the back of my head what the finalized painting will look like, and that is the result of this quiet process.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
I like open spaces, places where you can relax and have fresh air.
What books influenced my life and how?
Many did, but when I think of my work and what truly influenced it, I remembered how much I liked fairytales as a child. I used to have such intense feelings reading these stories and I believe those moments are now echoed in my paintings.
Who are my favorite writers?
In a random order: Isabel Allende, Annick De Souzenelle, Bardo Thödol, Sogyal Rinpoche, Simone de Beauvoir, Serghey Nikolaievici Lazarev, Osho, Amos Oz.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Queen’s I Want to Break Free.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
I found many heroes and heroines throughout my life, but strangely enough my current heroine is a younger version of myself. I get energy from that past energy, and I believe one can have role models but cannot live anyone else’s life. So true inspiration comes from within and from lessons learned from your own life.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Pay It Forward (2000, directed by Mimi Leder) because it touched my and changed something in me.
What role does art play in my life and in my work?
It certainly plays a very important role, it is my very mean of expressing myself, of finding relaxation, and joy. It is a way of living in different worlds as well, and it helps me understand myself better. It also allows me to pay
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My husband is my main fan, critic and support. He collects art and he is also what I call ’a belated artist’ – someone who started making art later in life.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
I would like to work together with my husband, and I would like to continue the collaborations I already started with galleries and online platforms.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
For sure – I would like to meet more mirabilist painters, painters who make art that expresses something related to our deep essence, universal and optimistic, separated from the daily life madness.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
I live in Romania, a country that is still very green, but that is unfortunately changing from one year to another and combined with climate changes – all this makes me evade sometimes, escape in my ’Green Memories’ – a project I started some time ago and that I will continue this year.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
This year is a special year because I won’t be travelling much. But you can find me online:
What do the words “PassionNeverRetires” meantome?
Tomethismeansthatyourtruecalling it alwaysthere, evenifyoupostponepayingattentiontoitscallingandpostponedevotingyourselfto it.
Which creative heroinesshould Peter invite to tell their story?
Peter should invite Stela Vesa, sheis a wonderfulpainter.
How can you contact me?
Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, the founder of the Heroine’s Journey
The Heroine’s Journey Conference 2018 – Rome
The Heroine’s Journey is coming to Rome. We are bringing The Heroine’s Journey Conference to the vibrant city of Rome on 12-14 October with a transformative and properly entertaining three-day event on the most important ideas we teach. Our conference aims to transform lives and build the best kinds of connections. It is designed to equip participants with a toolkit of creative entrepreneur skills that can revolutionise relationships, careers and self-understanding.
What to Expect
Our conference is hugely memorable and distinctive. For a start, you are not being taught in entirely standard ways. Peter de Kuster and his team of coaches on stage don’t merely lecture to a passive audience; they invite almost continuous interaction, getting participants to look inside themselves, to complete a variety of exercises and to share their stories with others.
Talks are peppered with films, art, pieces of literature, pieces of music and visual prompts; all the senses are properly stimulated to keep the mind fresh and receptive. Furthermore, there is an enormous emphasis on friendship. We are not merely seated quietly on our own, isolated from other participants. We are guided to mingle, form smaller and larger groups and reveal meaningful things to one another. It is impossible to leave after three days without having made quite a few firm friends.
The Conference, led by The Heroine’s Journey founder Peter de Kuster together with a team of coaches specialized in working with creative people takes participants through a three-day immersive experience.
Day 1 FridayThe Heroine’s Journey: Career Management for the Creative Person.
We begin with a look at what the life and career of a creative professional is, how it can be taught – and what we can acquire of it in the days ahead. We consider our particular position in history: living with the desire for creative fulfilment and career success – and we propose that The Heroine’s Journey has a distinctive set of answers to the opportunities, disappointments and dreams of our time.
We identify that a core task of any creative professional is to achieve self-knowledge. To this end, we take you on a journey around your own mind, paying particular attention to the stories you tell yourself about you, your creative work, your time, your money, your self promotion, your relations. Which of these stories brings you to what you want and which of these stories has to be rewritten, transforming in the process your business and life?
Next we consider your meetings with others – clients, friends, business partners. We admit to our longing for sincere connection with others, but also to the challenges of finding this. We learn about the art of connecting, about ways to listen to others fruitfully and how to overcome barriers to intimacy. We teach strategies that help remove excessive superficial contact from our lives, and put all these into practice at a social event with our newfound acquaintances to close the day.
Day 2 Saturday Morning The Power of your Story
On our second day we study why we have the creative career we do – and how our early experiences give us scripts of what, how and whom we are passionate about in our creative career. We learn that there are always more possible paths in your creative career than we initially believe and that we can broaden our unconscious scripts of how we can make money doing what we love by understanding our past stories more clearly.
We also look at the techniques that can make creative careers work in the long term. The Heroine’s Journey firmly believes that passion is ultimately a skill, not an emotion. We learn about how to communicate, how not to sulk, how to allow others to get close to us, how to understand and explain our distinctive way of creating, how to promote ourself and our creations, how to negotiate conflicts through humour and how to deal with conflicts and awkward desires.
We’re reminded that many of the answers we need are within us already, waiting for the correct story to extract them.
Day 2 Saturday Afternoon Creative Confidence
We move on to consider the emotional dimension of our work; what impels us to want to do a certain sort of creative work, and why it is often so hard to align our emotional desires with our practical requirements. We explore our working personalities and sift through our authentic interests.
We consider a variety of blocks and inhibitions which prevent us from pushing forward with our hunches, with particular attention paid to parental and societal expectations.
We pay particular attention to the idea of creative confidence. The difference between success and failure often hangs on this almost humiliatingly small and elusive concept that standard education never touches. We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow professional fields, but we overlook the primordial need to acquire a more free-ranging variety of confidence which can serve us across a range of tasks in professional, but also in personal, life.
Day 3 Sunday They Created Happily Ever After
Passion has a natural and deep appeal. Most of us long to be more passionate and creatively confident, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life’s setbacks and irritants. But we are often still only at the very beginning of knowing how to be passionate and confident. This morning will give us a range of the most effective answers.
Next we consider passion & happiness. A passionate life is close to, but at points importantly different from, a happy life. It draws upon and exercises our higher capacities, for example, tenderness, care, connection, self-understanding, sympathy, intelligence and creativity. We investigate how to orientate our lives in a more happy direction.
In our final hours together, we go back over the journey we have been on and recap its most fundamental lessons.
Who Should Attend The Heroine’s Journey Conference
The Heroine’s Journey Conference is ideal for those looking for an in-depth experience that covers three main areas of our creative lives; Career Management, Creative Confidence, Happiness.
What you can expect:
A rich programme drawing from the key insights across our core curriculum
A learning experience combining lectures, films, music, art, exercises and continuous audience participation
Three-days of engaging content written and led by storyteller and writer Peter de Kuster, supported by inspiring coaches specialized in working with creative professionals
Daily educational programme and curated morning and evening social activities
An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individuals
The Heroine’s Journey Conference 2018 – Rome
Early Bird Price:
Euro 999 (Standard Price Euro 1099) excluding VAT
How to book:
Send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org