The Heroine’s Journey of Raquel Carvalho

What is the best thing I love about my job?

My freedom of expression. The complicity with my works and the dialogue that I maintain in the atmosphere of the environment that I create. My world in complete silence, where only I can walk.

What is my idea of ​​happiness?

Live in the moment, enjoy your feelings in the present. Breathe, love, fly to yourself and know how to share today. Look at who is next to you and give thanks for it.

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What is my biggest fear?

To human stupidity. To the destruction of our ecosystem and heartbreak.

What is the trait that I most regret in myself?

I am very nervous in some situations.

Which people alive in my profession do I admire the most?

To my teacher Marciano Schmitz. With him I was able to start my relationship with painting and the art world. There are many spectacular artists today that I follow and that I admire. Antonio Lopez, Eduardo Naranjo, Marco Grassi, Annie Murphy, Istvan Sándorfi, Emanuele Descanio, Javier Arizabalo, Ricardo Celma, the photographer Renato Soares of the indigenous peoples of Brazil, to whom I have deep admiration for his work. And many others .

What is my greatest extravagance?


When would I lie?

Some occasion necessary for the common good

What do I dislike the most in my work?

The lack of resources that many artists have in the art world. The posture and the unfortunate arrangements between friends. The immense money laundering in the market.

When and where was I the happiest in my work?

In my studio with my love that is painting. There i am happy

If you could, what would you change about me?

My impulsiveness

What is my greatest achievement at work?

To be able to live on painting, on what I’m passionate about. Having my own business and being more and more sure of my way.

Where would I like to live more?

My dream is to have a house in the mountains, with beautiful views and my huge workshop to be able to be full in my life.

What is my most precious possession?

My easel, my paintings and my canvases …

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspiring location in my city?

MEAM (National Museum of Modern Art) and the beach, where I completely disconnect and clean my mind.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city?

In a Japanese restaurant, run by Brazilians in my neighborhood. There is the meeting point with my friends.

What books influenced my life and how?

THE CASTLE OF CRYSTAL by Jeannette Walls. It is the true story of an American journalist who credits a dream she builds with her father. The courage to face a miserable life and the utopia of an unfulfilled promise. Another has been DIME QUIEN SOY, by Julia Navarro. Impressive story of a spy who has gone through horrors in the Civil War and the Holocaust. I have been very impressed by your bravery, loyalty to yourself and loyalty to others.

You only die once. What music would I listen to on my last day?

The song of the water and the birds. I would go to the forest and there I would listen to Mother Earth

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Betty boop

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother and my father

What movie would you recommend watching once in a lifetime?

Thelma & Louise

Goya’s ghosts


Loving Vincent

What role does art play in my life and my work?

Art is the oxygen of my soul. Every day I see different things, I can create and love what I do. I live from my work. Many say that I am lucky, I would say that what I have has been based on a lot of work and persistence.

What do the words ‘You are the narrator of your own life’ tell me?

That you have everything in your hands. Life is a gift that only you can enjoy and decide for yourself what makes you happy.

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

My friends and my family

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? 

I would like to exhibit at the MARGS museum in Porto Alegre, in my country. Also with some Galleries and museums abroad. And what I would be most excited about is exhibiting alongside great painters that I admire

What people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would I love to meet in 2020?

The artists I quote above that I admire

What project, in 2020, do I hope to work on?

In some exhibitions outside the country and cultural exchanges with other groups of artists.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?

You can find my permanent work in my Gallery located at Calle Cantábria 7-9 local 1, Barcelona. As I am always with exhibitions that are changing, you can accompany on my Facebook page or Instagran @dicarvalho.raquel

What do the words “Passion never retires” mean to me?

That if what you feel is true and pure, it will be eternal.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell his story? (

Josélia Viana, my best friend and a great fighter.

How can you contact me?

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?

Amidst today’s uncertainty, it is more important than ever to reconnect with yourself and others, develop your creative business, and build your story. Dive deep into your unique business style and areas for growth with the coaching of Peter de Kuster.


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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 aware that there are no quick fixes. Learning is a journey that works when you are fully committed to it. Coaching can bring awareness and help you navigate, but in the end it’s you who is in charge of your growth.

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    You want to learn more about how to resource yourself, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.

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    You are curious and want to engage in online learning.

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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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