The Heroine’s Journey of Lilian Russo

What is the best thing I love about my job?
Painting, drawing and creating is what I’ve always wanted to do. Painting, drawing, and art performance in some cases allow me to put myself at the disposal of people and make invisible things visible such as feelings, music and thoughts. Sometimes my work allows me to express a collective feeling satisfactorily.

What is my idea of ​​perfect happiness?
My perfect idea of ​​happiness would be to be able to paint and create without worries.
Being able to transform what I do into a job, but I can not earn a living with my art. I would like to be able to say that this is my job and I would like to show how with my skills and experiences I can have my own professional space in the world of contemporary art.

What is my biggest fear?
I am not afraid of failing, i am afraid of not trying.
I am not afraid of not enjoying, everyone would like to be a paradox.

What is the trait that I most regret in myself?
My way of being messy.

Which people in my profession do I admire the most?
Among the living Italian painters surely there is Marco Cingolani. He was my teacher, my “father” in contemporary art.

What is my biggest extravagance?
My own life, the way of living life and painting.

When should I lie?

What is the thing I don’t like most about my job?
The fact that I cannot find the right approach to the world of contemporary art and this means that I have not yet found my gallery or reference curator or loyal collectors. I do not exist, I do not have a market.

When and where was I the happiest in my work?
What we call my work is actually my life. I really loved the artistic environment of Palermo and the masters of his palnting school. I also found myself very well in Milan, where I attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, and where I had found work as an assistant in a contemporary art gallery. Generally I am attached to the years of my training and to the experiences and knowledge.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
I should find a strategy and implement it instead of living life and art all in one breath. I am not always able to tame the painting or to welcome the creative force in an orderly manner. I have too many ideas and lead me to live immersed in apparent chaos.

What is my greatest success at work?
This interview. It is the first time I have been asked to talk about myself and my work in an interview that goes beyond the borders of Italy.

Where would I like to live more?
Western Sicily, my place of origin is a good place to find energy and good inspiration.

What is my most precious asset?
I have a lot of imagination and spirit of adaptation. I am stubborn, when I have an idea in mind I elaborate it and try to find the best way to achieve it.

What is my strongest characteristic?
I tend to be very self-critical.

What is my most exciting position in my city?
Trapani is a spit of land between two seas, I find it very stimulating to walk at sunset on the beach on the shore, in the Colombaia Castle area or on the walls of the north side of the town

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city?
We eat well in many places in Western Sicily and in Trapani. Some typical dishes like the fish Cous Cous and the Pizza Rianata are a must try.

What books have influenced my life and how?
The portrait of Dorian Gray, The world of Sofia, The Bible, Apology of Socrates, Thus spoke Zarathustra
These are just some of the books that have influenced my view of the world as they have accompanied me in certain periods of my life.

Who are my favorite writers?
Charles Bukowski, Alda Merini, Sigmund Freud, E.A. Poe.

You only die once. What music would I listen to on my last day?
The music of Gianluca De Rubertis, “Lilì” in particular

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Dylan Dog

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life
My mother, and the people who are fighting for a better world.

Which movie would you recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Der Himmel über Berlin by Wim Wenders

What role does art play in my life and in my work?
It is sometimes difficult to even say that we want to make art. Here where people hardly live, even those who love me believe that making Art can be a profession.
However … what I am, what I do and what I think could be art.

Who is my biggest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
I don’t know, maybe I do not have it

Who would I like to work with in 2019/2020?
I would like to find supporters of my art, ambitious collectors, sponsors or contemporary art series that have the pleasure of presenting my work and of treating my works exclusively.

Which people in my profession would I like to meet in 2019/2020?
I would like to meet artists who can share my vision of art, even if from different points of view. A meeting that could lead to a fruitful collaboration would be enlightening.

On which project, in 2019/2020, I can’t wait to work?
There is in the air a collaborative project for a new exhibition space that welcomes
contemporary art in my city. I look forward to getting down to work for new clients, for
collaborations with contemporary art galleries and show agencies.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019/2020?
In my atelier in Trapani. Or online on my website at:
Or on my youtube channel:
I do not have dates for exhibitions or events to be communicated at the moment
 but through these links and social networks it is possible to stay updated about my activities.
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What do the words “Passion never retire” mean to me?
Passion never sleeps. If one’s work coincides with one’s life and one’s passion, there is no
way to pull the plug from it. The craft of art is not like working in the office and finishing one’s work by stamping a card
Which creative heroines should invite Pietro to tell their story?
Lorenza Boisi, Linda Randazzo, Michela Forte, Helga Marsala.
How can you contact me?
By phone at +39 3479572623 E-mail
Through social media

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


Are you a creative leader or creative professional looking to develop your business skills and storytelling?

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    You are a creative leader or creative professional  who is interested in developing yourself, your business, and your story.

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    You are motivated to work in-between sessions on yourself (e.g. working on homework assignments that will help you develop new storytelling, skills, and behaviors).


The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is all about your development. To make the most out of your sessions, we ask you to prepare topics to work on with Peter. These topics can serve as a starting point for further in-depth exploration with Peter.

These coaching topics typically resonate with the creative leaders Peter works with:

How can i tell the most powerful story possible about myself and my creative business?

How can I handle self promotion and marketing of my creative business better?

How do can I stay authentic and with focus when having difficult conversations with potential clients?

What are my creative values and how do I align these with my business values?

How can I manage my time and energy better?

How can I radiate confidence to my clients while feeling anxious inside?

How can I steer myself towards creative excellence without becoming rigid?

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 lives 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.

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The Heroine’s Journey Coaching online sessions last 50 minutes and the fee is Euro 189 excluding VAT per session. The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is suitable for people at any stage in their career.


Who can sign up for The Heroine’s Journey online coaching?

Creative leaders and creative professionals who wish to improve their business story and develop their business skills and mindset.

Should I choose 1:1 coaching?

Our The Heroine’s Journey experiences in world cities allow you to learn not only from the coach but also from your peers. For the small group coaching (1 – 4 people), we have selected important, relevant topics that we find regularly come up for creative professional: purpose, storytelling, creative confidence, self promotion, time & money and resilience.

If you would prefer to work alone or on a different topic, individual coaching is a better fit for you.

What language do we speak in the coaching sessions?


Can I buy coaching for my organization?

Yes, you can! We support many organizations around the world with their coaching needs. Please contact us for more information.

Can I bring my own topics?

Yes, for individual coaching you get to choose your own topic.

Are coaching sessions confidential?

Yes. Peter will not share anything that is discussed in the coaching sessions.

Where will the coaching sessions take place?

Sessions will take place online (as per the times we live in) via an online tool like Zoom or Skype. Peter will let you know.

How do I sign up?

Send Peter a mail to to start booking your coaching sessions.

How do I pay?

After you send the mail, you will receive an email with a link to pay.

How do I book and reschedule sessions?

Once we’ve received your payment, Peter will contact you and book your coaching sessions. He will also support you with rescheduling sessions if needed.

What is your cancellation policy?

Individual coaching sessions can be postponed up to one week before the session.

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