I have had a lifelong interest all things esoteric and after decades of being inspired by storytelling, myth and legend in my art, I created my first tarot deck in 2020, The Painted Tarot. It took over two years to paint each card as a full sized painting – there were 78 of them (!) – but by the end I was not ready to stop. In 2021 I created The Painted Runes, and in 2022 I brought out Next Generation Tarot.
I was honoured to be an invited speaker at the UK Tarot Conference in London last year where I led a drawing workshop, spoke about my work with tarot, and shared my approach to making art.
I see my 3 decks as a trilogy who definitely have a relationship with each other, but who also have a distinct character and energy, meaning you can work with each one individually. It is my hope that tarot enthusiasts of all ages and stages will find my decks helpful in connecting with their own creativity and storytelling. I always love to hear how my interpretation of the tarot and the runes resonate, so please get in touch if you’d like to start a conversation; you can contact me here: https://sophiemckayknight.com/contact/
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The Painted Tarot (£44.95) is based on the Rider Waite Smith structure but has my own insights and connections woven throughout.
The Painted Runes (£33) were launched in 2021, and comprise of 26 cards following the Elder Futhark structure with two additional cards (Unknowable and The Link); suitable for rune lovers and beginners alike.
Next Generation Tarot (£22) is my new ten card deck of imaginary tarot characters who are the progeny of the Major Arcana, it is accompanied by a 56 page bound booklet, containing ten stories about how the tarot children came into being, as well as details on meanings of the cards and how to the use the deck in spreads.
Watch a short video about it here: https://youtu.be/Q4eO7Pd3-xg