Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you get your ideas?
I get inspired by almost anything: nature, reading (especially mythology and folklore), traveling and visiting parks and zoos, etc. I recently took a trip to the Northeast and was dazzled by the lighting that filtered through the deciduous trees. The way the light and shadow created patterns on the tree trunks was nothing short of magical; I soon saw those visual displays carry over into my art.
Can you explain your painting technique?
I’m a watercolorist — my soul medium. To find out more about my technique, go to my techniques page where I give a full step-by-step explanation of my process.
What time of day do you like to work?
I seem to work best in the afternoon, but sometimes my muse will strike me in the evening hours when my household winds down with the setting sun.
When did you start drawing?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I loved drawing nature and later fairy tales.
Who encouraged you?
As a young child, no one discouraged me — it was an inexplicable drive. Teachers were always encouraging but oftentimes frustrated because I tended to want to do my own thing. I was definitely an artist geek in school. I even wore an artist’s cap and scarves when I was in high school.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington State but my family moved to New England when I was almost 3.
Are you married? Do you have any children?
I am married to photographer and graphic designer Kort Kramer. We have a son and a daughter.
Where do you live?
The sunshine state! I love the tropical atmosphere. I’ve lived in South Florida for most of my adult life.
May I use your artwork on my website/in my newsletter/for a business card/as part of a slideshow/etc.?
I am happy to license artwork for a reasonable fee. Click here for licensing information.
How did you become involved with tarot?
What started out as an intrigue became a passion. The tarot perfectly complements my interest in psychology and art and allows me to use my artwork in a way that helps me to become more engaged in the deeper levels of the psyche. I’m fascinated by symbolism and the subtleties that these cards represent as projection holders. It is endlessly fascinating and never grows boring for me. I’m always reading and rereading books about tarot and continue to learn new things about this amazing and versatile tool.
How do you begin when creating tarot images?
When sketching tarot cards, I work on automatic — I don’t restrict myself in anyway except for the basic border approximating the card size. I try not to be analytical about the sketches, I just let myself go and allow feelings and creative impulses to direct my composition. This is my way of connecting with something sacred within my being. It’s one of my favorite stages of the creative process. I may sketch several versions of a card before I arrives at that “this feels right” moment. Or I may settle on a design relatively quickly. I rely heavily on intuition when deciding which sketch would best represent a particular card.
How do you proceed when you paint the cards?
While painting, I get meditative and often let the paint flow as it will. Many paintings are rendered with spontaneity (especially the ethereal parts like hidden spirits in the sky, trees, etc.). I rarely know exactly how the painting is going to turn out. I pre-plan a basic color scheme and let the painting evolve as it wants to. If I were to put too many pre-planned restrictions on myself, I would lose the joy of the process.
Why do you paint so many spirals?
The spiral motif is a natural extension of my creative delivery and yes, I use it quite often in my work. The idea of continuation, renewal and life cycles is a common theme in my work. The spiral is a strong, universal symbol that has appeared in cultures throughout the world. It seems to speak to humanity on a deep, unconscious level and continues to reveal itself in various artistic expressions.
What advice can you give an aspiring artist?
Follow your creative instincts and stay true to yourself. Don’t try to paint like anyone else but instead nurture your own individual style. If you keep at it and allow yourself to become confident with your chosen medium(s), it will show in the final presentation. I think artists oftentimes get too easily frustrated and give up. I’ve seen this happen too many times. I think it is important to view the artistic road as a lifelong journey–full of challenges, disappointments, rewards and many opportunities to grow. If you feel passionate about what you’re doing, then the journey will surely be infinitely rich and exciting. If you love what you are doing, then failure is not an option.