Painting is not just something I do, it is an extension of my soul and an inherent part of my well being. I have sketched seriously nearly every single day for the past 25 years, and there is always a painting in progress. I write as well– the two disciplines often converging in journals/sketchbooks and from the imaginative reservoirs constantly percolating in my restless mind. When I’m not drawing, painting or writing, I’m at least thinking about what I want to draw, paint or write. And for me, creativity is never a forced thing.
The idea for fairy tale tarot came to me one night. I’ve always loved and studied fairy tales, perhaps more than any other genre. My all-time favorite book is the 1971 release of The Giant All-Color Book of Fairy Tales. I received it when I was an impressionable four year old and it has been a constant companion ever since. To this day, it still holds a place of honor in my studio.
Although these stories formed me and my life as an artist, with their expressive timeless messages and universal symbolism, I hadn’t thought about how useful and beautiful they could be in the context of divination. Then one night while discussing stories, folklore and tarot with my husband Kort, he suddenly exclaimed, “What about a fairy tale tarot?”. I was thunderstruck! Of course! A fairy tale tarot was the most natural idea I could possibly imagine exploring and I truly felt undaunted by the tremendous commitment and dedication such a project would entail.
Many years later, here I am reviewing final PDF files of the images that I just received from my art director. I can’t even begin to explain what I’m feeling as I pore over the card files and await the final book edits– the beginnings of the finished project. These final months before heading to press represent a culmination of many years of research, studies, sketching and tarot formulation. The creation of Fairy Tale Tarot is my personal magnum opus, a lifetime journey come full circle. I have great reverance for my ragged copy of the Giant All-Color Book of Fairy Tales. It made me who I am today.