- What was your Gateway Deck?
The Aquarian Tarot – I have an old copy from 1970 that my mother gave me when I was in high school.
- Do you still read with/have that deck?
Yes, I do! I love that deck for its aesthetic, being a child of the 60s. It inspired some of my earlier paintings and I still consider it to be my most familiar and trusted deck.
- What prompted you to create your own deck?
I’ve always loved the symbolism of tarot and wanted to create a deck, but felt overwhelmed by the prospect. After a few false starts (over the span of many years), I finally realized it made more sense to do an oracle deck where I could really gather my own symbolism and meaningful imagery to create something uniquely personal. Once I gave myself that freedom, the art flowed forth as if by magic.
- What is your favorite thing about your creation?
My favorite thing about the Illuminated Earth Oracle is that it’s a really intuitive deck. It was created intuitively and is best read intuitively. The imagery provides a rich mix of light and dark elements to spark the reader’s interpretation and it can be very personalized based on how it speaks to them.
- Where do you go for inspiration?
Mostly to nature; the garden, the woods. I also look to other artists, science, spirituality and esoteric studies.
- Tell us about your favorite card, please.
My favorite card from my deck is Eruption. I have a fascination with volcanoes and their incredible force and impact straight from the bowels of the earth. I used marbled paper on this card that turned out very fiery and flowy!
- What is your favorite part of the creation process?
Getting in the flow and just letting the work come into being. It doesn’t always go that smoothly, but when it does it’s the best! I also like adding little details toward the end of a piece just to give it that extra touch.
- What are things you’d like us to know about upcoming works?
I hope to do another deck – as if one isn’t crazy enough! This was, without a doubt, the most difficult project I’ve taken on, but it was so worthwhile to see it all come together and I’m already working on new cards 🙂