The Heroine’s Journey of Divna Pesic

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The opportunity to create, advocate and imagine better world, to escape for a while from the madness of society, the destruction and brutality and to paint ideas that will inspire humans to be counted on the good side of this world.I love my unique style and colorful expression of my wide imagination. And all of this, working home, close to my little kids.

What is my idea of happiness? Happiness for me is to be surrounded by the people i love.

What is my greatest fear? Losing people…

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My ability to avoid confrontation with people that are born for confrontation. To shoot with kindness, knowledge and modesty.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire artists who are leaving remarkable values with their work, not with their title. Artists who are expressing wisdom thru their original creativity that’s helping the art world to move constantly.

What is my greatest extravagance? My high quality oil paint colors.

On what occasion would I lie? I’m not fan of lying.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Wasting so much colors out of my canvas.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When i see and hear reactions from the audience that are looking at my paintings. I’m overwhelmed when somebody recognize and appreciate my unique style of expressing feelings in my art and that’s so motivational.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Worrying too much. Hurting myself emotionally on the way fighting for justice.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I’m multiply award winning artist at American Art Awards, juried by 25 best galleries and museums across USA, chosen the best abstract expressionist in the world by AAA.Still my greatest achievement is still coming…i hope my grand grand children will be proud of their grand grand mother reading her name in “The Best Artists in the World” book. I will do my best not to embarrassed them 🙂  

Where would I most like to live? Before i get married and have my own kids i was saying that when i find a love of my life i can live on a tree, doesn’t matter where is the tree…Now i see i was too much surreal…But i still think the most important for me is with whom you live and you are surrounded then where you live. I live in USA now with my husband and our two small kids and i miss my parents who live in Macedonia and my sister with her family who lives in Germany. I believe the love of each family member is special and irreplaceable so its precious to spend as much time with your family until we are living in this world.

What is my most treasured possession? Moments with my family and friends.

What is my most marked characteristic? Shooting straight in the middle of the target. Since i was professional rifle shooter for more then 25 years and twice Olympian, holding 37 national records in man and women air rifle and 22 caliber rifle discipline, ranked high among top international competitors in the world, i was trained from my father, my coach, to be excellent shooter. I learned from him the most important skills to become extraordinary shooter: focus, discipline, patience, calmness, good physical and mental health, hardworking, practice and again practice, no regrets, self-confidence, endurance, constancy, stability. So this is my most marked characteristics in life too. I have also a touch of creative maelstrom mind and lucky that i use it only on my canvas 🙂

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I was born in Macedonia, living in USA but all my life considering myself as citizen of this world. So, my inspirational location is this world and the universe. I paint most about cosmic topics, sense of the fragile life, love, faith, the power of truth, eternity, the fight between good and evil, the spiritual connections, the unity in diversity…

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? My dining room.I’m promoted for 5 Michelin star chief from my kids and my husband for daily cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything from scratch, just quality ingredients. I really enjoy good food and although sometimes it’s hard the monotony to cook everyday so many different meals, at the end of the day, 5 Michelin star you must earn it 🙂

What books influenced my life and how? The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.It is one of the greatest narrative poem that i have read, representing the soul’s journey towards God. In this spiritual journey the man learns about the nature of sin and its consequences and how to attain salvation. I like the Dante’s major themes, the perfection of God’s justice and Love.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would listen a song sang from a 100 years old man, my husband Blaze, holding my hand…

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Hatidze Muratova from Honeyland. Hatidze lives by a simple principle, sharing with the bees and with the nature is the key to her survival. She is a real heroine with pure good soul that promises there is still hope for this world.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents.

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

What role play stories in my life and work? I often analyzed people behavior and their stories pretty much inspired me to create different worlds that sometimes i don’t understand but i accept…We are all different and have different role plays in life, it’s just important which value you are adding on yours role.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I have the power to create my life the way i would like to be. Unfortunately, sometimes there are bad unpredictable things that happens in life without your touch or will, but still you must think and work positive fighting for your freedom of creating your life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My family.

Which people or companies would i like to work with in 2021? I would like to work on some project with the great Charles Bilic.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021? I would like to meet professional art dealers who can recommend my art work to art collectors worldwide.

What project, in 2021, am i looking forward to work on? I have some small projects, custom made paintings for private houses, nothing big for now.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” means to me? Passion is the most powerful feeling that allows you to create your dreams doesn’t matter what you are dreaming about. My passion for art gives me a good amount of oxygen to live.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021? In our own art gallery “Divna Pesic Art Gallery” located at 95 E, Main St., Denville, NJ, USA

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