Queen of Swords by WinonaCookie

Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Swords” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck. This version without lettering.

I designed this piece as part of a proposal for an all-female tarot card deck to be depicted in an art nouveau style. I also wanted the women to have different ethnicities depending on suit and for the deck to combine astrological (zodiac signs) and wiccan (elements, Four Directions, seasons) components into each card in a meaningful way.

I envision Swords as an Air suit, with a Northern direction, situated during a cold and bleak winter’s day. Swords signify boldness, courage, force and ambition, as well as the spirit and the world of activities. I wanted my Queen of Swords to embody the thoughtful and serene wisdom that can come from surviving sorrow and the strength to pursue mastery in the world despite it. She says, “I Think”, “I Balance” and “I Envision”. Her sword represents the spirit penetrating matter and informing it. I envision all the women in the Swords suit as being Asian. This Queen sits on a gothic wooden throne in a cold and stormy landscape grasping her owl-adorned sword and a silver flute. Keen, pensive and quick-witted, she is surrounded by familiars: steadfast and devoted hounds as well as black ravens, harbingers of strife and misfortune. Her silver crown is etched with the zodiac symbols Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. All Swords are depicted in dark and moody somber tones.

This original artwork is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – image cannot be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
Thanks for stopping by!

View Full Profile


  • Octavio Velazquez
    Octavio Velazquezalmost 5 years ago

    wow great work love the dogs!:)

  • vincent bruno
    vincent brunoalmost 5 years ago

    outstanding work and technique.

  • Belinda "BillyLee" NYE (Printmaker)
    Belinda "Billy...almost 5 years ago

    i LOVE THE QUEEN OF SWORDS, its my card in the deck. Let us know when the cards are all available, I can’t wait to buy the deck.

  • Now I just need to find someone to make it!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Sandra Fisher
    Sandra Fisheralmost 5 years ago

    Just wonderful!!!!Love it.

  • Medusa
    Medusaalmost 5 years ago



  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookiealmost 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! So nice to wake up to your kind comments :-).

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3almost 5 years ago

    Wow, very nice work! So crisp and your subject
    matter interesting.

  • Laurie Lou McKern
    Laurie Lou McKernalmost 5 years ago


  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 5 years ago

    Your watercolor and ink works are really excellent! I love your attention to detail! and the history in your profile of why you do what your art! I am a therapist in Irvine and having the outlet of art has been a real gift to me.

    Just an FYI Winona, if you don’t hit the reply button when you respond , it cannot be seen to others:-)

  • Nice to meet you, Leslie – small world! Thanks so much for your kind words xoxo

    – WinonaCookie

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 5 years ago

    For me your work is like stepping back in time where as a boy you could openly talk about wizards; castles and knights. Thanks for the journey!!!!, Bill

  • If you can’t still talk about wizards, castles and knights, you might not be talking to the right people, Billfox ;-). Thanks so much!

    – WinonaCookie

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.