Illustration Portfolio

This illustration portfolio features paintings created on paper using watercolors, acrylic  inks, and acrylic gouache. These are my original designs, inspired by historical research, and are created completely by hand without the aid of a computer. The tools I use include pencils, paper, ruler, compass, inks, and water based paints. In my current work I use a combination of traditional watercolor paints with acrylic gouache, but I have also painted extensively with acrylic inks.

My creative work is primarily influenced by history: early medieval Irish manuscripts, the tarot, the Stave Churches of Norway, Viking art, Renaissance geometry, alchemical engravings, and particularly how nature is represented in these historic styles. The animals native to my home in New Hampshire often find their way into my work. I look backward to find symbols and myths – essential elements from our collected human psyche – to employ as filters for my own personal experiences.

I enjoy working encoded messages and incantations into my paintings, using ogham, the Theban alphabet, and a runic alphabet I invented specifically for use in my work. The texture of language and symbols in my paintings adds a particular hidden meaning, but it also creates an opportunity for the viewer to intuitively translate what specific message is meant just for them.

I have a BFA degree in printmaking, but my creative work has been as an illustrator and wood carver. I am a life-long artist, with a strong motivation to connect my creative expressions with others.

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Lisa Laughy
In 2018 I began studying the tarot as a tool for self exploration and healing, and the creative work that has been inspired by that journey fills the pages of this site. For now this website is still in its construction phase, but before long there will be artwork and imagery to explore, blog posts discussing the process and symbolism of my work, and opportunities to bring some of this work into your tarot practice, homes, and altar spaces.

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