Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Empress” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck.
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 (signs) and wiccan (elements, Four Directions, seasons) components into each card in a meaningful way.
Since the Empress embodies fertility, it seemed obvious that she should be pregnant, and thus the pomegranate for the Demeter myth, as well as the eggs. She’s seated in a lush, fertile garden at dawn. I loved the look on her face, as well, just SO ready to have this baby, already!
This original artwork is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2006. 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!