The Heroine’s Journey of Adrian Giuliani

What is the best thing that I love about my work?   I love the freedom I achieve. Before doing my artwork, I am outside running with my music, spiritually connected and putting myself into a state of freedom..

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  Time spent laughing with my family and friends is the best form of happiness.  I am a great lover of the art of conversation.

What is my greatest fear?  That I will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  I feel I have a sensitive mind, and I have personally seen the effects of this dreaded disease.  I do not want to become, for myself and my family, someone other than who I am.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  The trait I most deplore in myself is my inability to get my house the way I want it.  That said, I am determined, and with determination and persistence, I will accomplish it.  

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?  That is so difficult to say. I am constantly inspired by so many artists.

What is my greatest extravagance?  I do not have too many extravagances in my life.  I would say that pursuing my love for art has been my greatest extravagance.  It has always remained a part of my life, and it always will be.

On what occasion would I lie?  I would only tell a white lie to spare someone’s feelings. That said, I am a pretty honest person, but kindly so.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  I am not sure, but I do know that I am never finished learning.  I still have a long way to go and will never be done!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  Right now I am the happiest in my work, because I am on a journey to keep pushing, growing and learning, so my current point would be my catapult.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  I need to network more, meet more people, and “get myself out there!” If nothing else comes of it, it will enhance my life.  


What is my greatest achievement in work?  I have had some wonderful, exciting honors with the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies, having been juried into several shows.  This year was particularly exciting, as my piece, All You Need is Love, as a participant in the Pastel Society of America Collectors Program, was purchased by the curator of the National Arts Club for its permanent collection.  The piece also won an award. Being elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America a few years ago also meant so much to me. It is a magnificent society, and meeting and connecting with the artists at PSA shows has been exciting, fun and rewarding!  Any involvement I have with PSA is tremendously fulfilling!

Where would I most like to live? Perhaps it would be fun to live in Italy, where my husband and I went on our honeymoon and from where my husband’s ancestors’ originate.  The food alone would be worth it! I have also heard New Zealand is beautiful!

What is my most treasured possession?  My pastels, of course! Personally, my family is what I cherish the most.  

What is my most marked characteristic?  Perhaps love, gratitude, spirituality and passion are my most marked characteristics.  I always know that greatness is coming and is already here, even in the toughest times of my life, recognizing the reasons for the challenges, what I will learn and how good will come from them.  

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  My family and love to go to art museums, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, to name a few.  There is nothing better than being inspired by the old masters. These are not in my city, but they are inspirational places to me. Dancing, to me, always provides fun and inspiration.  I would like more of that in my life.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?  We just went to a place called, Inspiration Roll in Westfield.  It was great fun and the food was delicious and different.

What books influenced my life and how?  Angela’s Ashes, The Glass Castle, and most recently, Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime all influenced me.  These were all true stories of those who came through hardship in their childhood, but did so without an ounce of self pity, rose up and learned and shared their stories in an honest and captivating way.  I love to see how someone comes through challenging times, especially when there is humor involved. In addition, learning the history of the life circumstances, discrimination and struggle in some of these stories is an important lesson for us all.

Who are my favorite writers?  As a child I loved Judy Blume and read many of her books about coming of age.  Now I am inspired to pick up any great book that comes recommended to me, the author does not particularly matter to me.  

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?  I have eclectic taste. I like everything from Mozart and Vivaldi to Seal to Billy Joel (my older son’s favorite) to the Indigo Girls to the Rolling Stones.  It would be determined by my mood that day.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?  This is not fiction, but I will choose Anne Frank, as my husband commented that she reminded him of me when reading the unabridged version of the Diary of Anne Frank.  I was honored by that comparison.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?  My parents are my heroes in life. They have always lived their lives in such a beautiful way, connecting with people, including and especially their family, with their great warmth and love, sharing 59 years of the most beautiful love affair I have ever seen, dancing in the kitchen together throughout the years..  They have contributed to their community in remarkable ways and are so beloved. My father suddenly and unexpectedly passed away last year, and we miss him dearly, but I know he is still “with us.” My mom continues to be a best friend to me and one of my absolute favorite people on this earth.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I love the movies Defending Your Life, Four Weddings and a Funeral and many Woody Allen movies.  There was a lesser known movie from years ago called, Strangers in Good Company, which I really loved.

What role plays art in my life and work?  From the time I was a little toddler, I knew I was an artist.  Art is an essential part of who I am.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  My husband and my family, in general, are my greatest fans and supporters!  In addition I have met this wonderful artistic community of friends on FB, who are just incredibly supportive.  I love how we all cheer each other on and are genuinely happy for one another’s successes!

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?  There are a plethora of artists who I would be honored with which to work!  In the upcoming years, I hope to venture out of my personal comfort zone of working alone, doing workshops with the many artists I admire!  I will mention one artist by name: Vicente Romero Redondo. His work is remarkable, I love the light he achieves, and I have heard and felt that he is such a kind person as well!  He lives in Spain, so I hope our paths will cross some day!

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?  I have been delighted to meet so many, but there are so many more I have not yet met.  I would have to mention my two friends and co-administrators of the Pastel Society of America FB page, Denise Page and Lynn Howarth.  I also want to meet my wonderful friend from Australia, Barb Heidi Burns. I consider them all close friends, and I would be thrilled to meet them in real life!

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?  This year I am looking forward to doing plein air pastel painting!  

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?  I am often honored to be a part of Pastel Society of New Jersey, Alabama Pastel Society, Pastel Society of America and International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibitions.  I would love to do a solo exhibition in the near future.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is the reason we do our art.  It is a constant force within us.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?  I would love to see you invite Halla Shafey and Isabelle Lim.

How can you contact me?  You may contact me through my website: or via email at or right here on Facebook.  I have been teaching pastel to adults this year at South Avenue Arts in Garwood, NJ.  

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