Upcoming Tarot Artist Interviews – January 2018
Following on from compiling the amazing collection of tarot artwork for my article on The High Priestess – Relationships, Love & Sex Associations, I was left intrigued and curious about the artists behind such work and where their inspiration comes from. Deck Reviews are very common these days, with numerous online tarot influencers showcasing what’s new and hot in the world of tarot. Not too often do we get the chance to meet the artists, creators, and designers of these decks to chat about what inspired them to take on the arduous task of creating a deck of tarot. Rarely do we get the opportunity to put questions to these creators. We might want to know where their ideas come from, what their involvement with tarot is, how long it took them to settle on a theme, look, or style. We marvel at the intensity of imagery and detail in certain decks of tarot, and many of us cannot comprehend the process that goes into creating them. Where does the artist start? How long does it take? Do they need to be tarot experts? What message do they wish to convey in the imagery? How much of their own personality, life experience and soul are reflected in their decks? If the deck is very personal, does the artist find the creation of it cathartic, or emotionally draining? Is it a means of telling their own story through the cloaked medium of tarot with its images, mysticism and symbols? Which cards do they most identify with? Which are they most proud of? For the tarot enthusiasts who have toyed with the idea of creating their own deck one day, what advice would these established deck creators give, what lessons have they learned, and what pitfalls can be avoided?
With all this in mind I decided to approach a few tarot artists and deck designers with a view to securing a written interview to share with all my followers and site visitors. To be honest, I was unsure of how my request would be received by such talented and busy persons, so I was thrilled when their prompt positive responses popped into my inbox. To date, Odessa Sawyer (Stunning Major Arcana Collection), Julie Cuccia Watts (The compelling Maat, Ancestral Path, Journey Into Egypt, & Blue Moon Tarot Decks), and Sarah Wheatley (The exquisitely detailed Asherah Tarot Deck) have all kindly agreed to take part in a written interview.
For the interviews I will be compiling a list of relevant questions with a view to going behind the scenes with these artists. However, I am looking for your help too. I want to involve all of you in putting the best questions together. Therefore, I would be thrilled if any of you would like to submit pertinent questions to these artists and tarot deck designers. The aim is to put together a list with a combination of both general and bespoke questions for the individual artists. In this manner the interviews will be more personal.
If you would like to contribute to these interviews, please visit the individual artist’s and designer’s websites below to check out their tarot work and artistry. Read up on their bios and any new projects they may be working on. If there is anything you would like to ask the artist, or have suggestions for generic questions, please email me or use the comment box below ensuring you have identified the artist and the nature of your question. Obviously, we do not want to overwhelm with lengthy lists, as typing the responses will take up precious time. A list will be compiled from all contributions and I will post this on site before forwarding to the individual artist’s. The first interview will be posted in January 2018, with subsequent ones following thereafter.
So, if you would like to check out the talented Tarot Artists of the upcoming interviews, I have supplied a brief summary below with links to their websites or blogs. Please Note, this is NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, and I am receiving no monetary reward for promoting these artists, or their work.
Tarot Artist, Deck Creator, Portrait Artist & Tarot Author
Maat Tarot, Ancestral Tarot, Journey Into Egypt Tarot & Blue Moon Tarot
Julie Cuccia Watts is a Tarot Artist and Portrait Artist. She is the creator of four decks, Maat Tarot, Journey Into Egypt Tarot, Ancestral Path Tarot and Blue Moon Tarot, and has authored numerous companion books, workbooks and colouring books. Julie has also released several Tarot Teacher Guide Books for her Decks, and a beautiful hardcover Tarot Journal for recording personal notes. The Original Oil Paintings from Journey Into Egypt Tarot are available to purchase from her site http://www.newmoontradingco.com
Julie has a more than impressive collection of Tarot Decks, Artwork and Books which is staggering when one thinks of the amount of work that goes into such endeavors. Her cards draw the viewer in and carries them away on a historical journey into the ancient past and its lost civilisations. Her artwork is stunning, the colours rich and opulent.
- https://www.facebook.com/juliejcw/ – The Journey Into Egypt Tarot Facebook Page
Tarot Deck Creator, Illustrator & Doll Maker
Superb Collection of Major Arcana
(Excerpts taken from Bio)
Odessa Sawyer “is an illustrator and doll maker from Santa Fe, New Mexico. “
“Her artwork has graced the book covers of many top publishing houses.”
“She has also done work for various film and television projects, posters and album covers, as well as work for HBO, Laika, Duck Studios and COTY.”
“Her work has been published in Lurzer’s Archive as one of the 200 best illustrators worldwide for 2011 and 2014
Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion and classic horror, Odessa’s work celebrates a whimsical dreamy and vibrant quality.”
Odessa’s work is superb and I a newly devoted fan. This is a stand alone Major Arcana Deck which does not appear to have a name at present. It is enchanting, bewitching and very ethereal. I love all of them. The imagery used in Strength is fascinating and just oozes with multiple interpretations. It looks as if the lion and young queen got into a battle of wills or power struggle. Odessa is talented on so many levels. Check out her wonderful handcrafted dolls and strange creatures. She has a very impressive portfolio of art work to her credit. I bet she can sing too!!
Tarot Artist, Tarot Deck Creator –Asherah Tarot
Provides In-Depth Interpretations For Cards On Blog
http://sarahwheatley.com (New Website On The Way)
(Excerpt Taken From Website Bio)
“The Sarah Wheatley tarot has consumed and transformed my life for the past ten years.”
“I love doing intricate details, because it’s like a mantra. Every card has to have its detail challenge, its heroic element. I like to think it infuses them with a living energy.”
“This tarot has been an epic personal odyssey, an obsession and a miraculous tool for healing myself. ” ….. http://sarahwheatley.com/enter-the-tarot.
Sarah now sells personally hand-signed Fine Art Prints of her Asherah Tarot Cards. Prepare to be dazzled by the intricate detail and vibrancy of colour in these cards. This is a deck I really need to possess. Sarah has put many years into the creation of such a fine piece of work and it certainly shows. Each card has been given absolute attention.
- http://sarahwheatley.com – Check out Blog Posts for detailed interpretations of her cards.
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AsherahTarot/