The Heroine’s Journey of Marianne Venderbosch

What is the best thing that I love about my work

I love the ongoing creative process of converting an idea into a series of paintings. I love painting, drawing and adding gold leaf. There is always a range of creative ideas in my mind, just sitting there, sometimes even forgotten. Then, often from an angle I never could have imagined, something crosses my path and brings it to reality financially. I love that journey.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? 

The moments when I am fully aware that I am alive and in an ongoing process of change. When I am in this state of mind, I instantly feel overwhelming happiness and the consciousness that it’s a real treasure to be here on this incredible adventure that’s called life.

What is my greatest fear?

If by “greatest” you mean “the most beautiful”, I would say the fear itself. There’s a state of being of super sensitivity that pops up when there’s something not okay in a situation. When I feel it, I know I have to act in that situation to stay safe. It’s a real gift to have this intuition; it’s there when it’s needed. I don’t make up fears in my mind. When I start worrying, I know I need to take some rest, so that’s what I do. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 

I thought about this for a long time but I just do not know the answer, which probably means that I am comfortable with all my traits.

Which living person in my profession do i admire most?

I admire all artists and individuals who were able to create in so many different styles and ways. It is a human need to share and enjoy this. It’s miraculous what people created throughout history and it is even more fantastic that this ongoing creativity through human history is still visible around us in art and architecture. 

What is my greatest extravagance? 

Traveling and jewelry and the connection between both. I buy most of my jewelry while traveling, they are my treasure chest of memories. 

On what occasion would I lie? 

I would only lie when I know that when I would tell the truth, it could hurt somebody. I prefer honesty and have great difficulties with lying. I found the solution in sometimes just choosing not to tell something. When it’s not said, it is not in the world and it cannot do any harm.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

What I dislike the most in my work is at the same time what I like the most: the solitude. I love to meet and connect with new people, family and friends and I love to hang around in cities and travel the world. But as an artist I need the isolation to create and work out all the beautiful ideas that came to mind during traveling and good conversation. Creating takes hours of concentration and dedication. Being isolated is tough and at the same time what I love the most. When I work I feel completely connected to myself and I feel pure happiness. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 

Every time when I paint, I am happy. Happy is just the state of being when I am painting. 

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

I would change my hair, I would love to have beautiful long hair. 

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

Independence and freedom of thinking.

Where would I most like to live? 

I would like to live in a place close to the sea.

What is my most treasured possession?

A lock of my fathers hair, which I keep in a 15th century ceramic box from China.

What is my most marked characteristic? 

Very good eyesight and visual memory. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

At the moment I live in Ubud for a few months. It’s a village in Bali and I love to travel around on the back of a motorcycle and discover the surrounding area, the paddy fields, the museums. 

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

The small warungs in the village.  

What books influenced my life and how?

Art books. I could watch the pictures of artworks over and over again. Every time I will see something new. 

Who are my favorite writers?

Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The music I love to listen at that time. I always have a few favorite songs in a certain period of time that I can listen to many, many times in a repetitive way. I am sure I will have a few favorites at the moment I die too. I do not know them now.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 


Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My children and my father and mother

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 


What role plays art in my life and work?

Art plays a general role in my work as I am an artist, art historian and gallery owner 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 

My family are my greatest fans. I am looking for a sponsor for my next project and my partner in crime must be me, as I do not have a partner. 

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? 

I love to work with Martine Micallef! She chose me as the artist for the capsule collection 2019 of her and her partners Geoffrey Nejman, French Haute Parfumerie brand Maison Micallef. We created a new collection of hand painted bottles and boxes inspired by one of my paintings called “Spring” for the fragrance “Pure Extreme” with the name “Marianne Venderbosch & M. Micallef”.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

Art collectors who will buy my art works and an investor for my new project with my pop up gallery; Venderbosch Gallery.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? 

2019 is a year that I dedicate to traveling and working on new ideas and projects. A few weeks ago I arrived in Bali and started working on my new collection of paintings and drawings. Besides that I am designing a new line of jewelry. I will stay in Bali and Java for about four months.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

As 2019 is my inspirational year, I will not attend art fairs or organize exhibitions, so you can find my work on my website:

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me

Passion is the greatest fuel to keep on loving and creating. I did not retire yet and I do not know if passion will retire. Every period in life reveals its own wisdom. Maybe at some point in life, passion flows into pure love and being. I can imagine. I will go with the flow and see what will happen. 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Isabel Reker.

How can you contact me?

You can contact me on linkedIn 

My website: 

My email:

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


The Heroine’s Journey is a private tour in story rich venues of world cities with Peter de Kuster, to rewrite the story you tell yourself about yourself and your creative work and in the process transform your life and business.

What is your Story?

“Your story is your life,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about ourselves, our creative business, our customers ; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my life is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.

Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your business and personal life.

What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of The Heroine’s Journey.

Journey Outline


  • The Power of your Story
  • Are you even trying to tell a Story?
  • Old Stories  (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
  • Tell your current Story
  • Is this Really Your Story?


  • The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
  • The words on your tombstone
  • You ultimate mission, out loud
  • The Seven Great Plots
  • The Twelve Archetypal Heroes
  • The One Great Story
  • Purpose is Never Forgettable
  • Questioning the Premise
  • Lining up
  • Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
  • The Three Rules in Storytelling
  • Write Your New Story


  • Turning your story into action
  • Story Ritualizing
  • The Storyteller and the art of story
  • The Power of Your Story
  • Storyboarding your creative process
  • They Created and Lived Happily Ever After.

About Peter de Kuster

Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project,  a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lifes and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.


Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing,  MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up The Heroine’s Journey in the great cities of the world.  A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; movies that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.

Book your private story coaching tour

You can choose from three options:

  1. The Heroine’s Journey Short and Powerful.   This is a 8 hours – private story coaching,  one day, one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is Euro 2500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  2. The Heroine’s Journey Intensive.  This is a 16 hours – private story coaching,  two days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is 5000 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  3. The Heroine’s Journey Impact.  This is a 24 hours – private story coaching,  three days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster.  The price is 7500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.

Please note the private tours Short and Powerful can take place in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Florence, London, Malaga, Madrid, Milan, München, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla and Venice at the moment.

The private tours Intensive and the private tours Impact are offered in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Copenhagen, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Malaga, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, München, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla, SydneyVenice and Vienna.

You can book Peter by mailing him at 

Booking Information

  • Once you have purchased a private tour you will be given information to get in touch and arrange a date and time for your private tour.
  • Private tours will take place at any given day of the week.  The private tour will take place in a story rich city.
  • Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a forty-eight hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged. Any requests to reschedule less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, cannot be guaranteed and the original appointment will be charged for other than in exceptional circumstances.

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