Recently I was asked to contribute to Peter de Kuster’s project The Heroine’s Journey. Now I don’t consider myself a heroine but I felt flattered and liked his goals. His blog is filled with stories from professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, writers and many others (heroes and heroines) who can inspire others with their passion in what they do.  Peter asks each of them the same questions; questions that takes us back to the core reason of what they do and why. Many of the answers provided by his ‘victims’ are wonderful and thought provoking.

I encourage you to have a browse of his website where you can find a huge number of stories.

I will share some of my answers here, you can find the rest of the interview here.

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I am an artist, art historian and writer as well as a full time mother; I love the fact I can combine all these things and they all strengthen each other. Art history infuses my paintings and being a mother has inspired me to work on the role of women in art and society as well as develop an interest in children portraits. I truly feel I get the best of life: I get to raise two youngsters into this world, I study our cultural heritage and interpret it into my own paintings and writings. If we just not mention the laundry and the dishes, my days consist of nothing but the essence of life.

What is my greatest fear?
Like most parents, it would be that something bad happens to my children.

What is my greatest extravagance?
Being an artist.

What is my most marked characteristic?
I am optimistic, down to earth and practical.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
Sometimes I am trying to reach for things in my painting, often something that is hard to put into words, even to myself. But I know I am fighting to reach it, and I know when I get there. When I know I have broken down a wall in a painting, reached the other side, and taken giant steps in my painting development I am very pleased. These moments happen only rarely though.
Another moment of true gratitude is when one of my paintings moves someone and they show or tell me so. What an honour to be able to make a difference in someone’s life.

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About the author 


Sophie is an art historian, artist, art tutor, and writer. She writes on art history and painting (oils and pastel). The 17th century is probably her favourite era, although the ancient Romans are currently fighting for the lead spot. She is currently researching lace in Tudor portraiture.

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