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Visionary Painting, Art Journaling, and Tarot with Lisa de St. Croix

Visionary Painting, Art Journaling, and Tarot with Lisa de St. Croix

Santa Fe Creative Tourism is proud to present Lisa de St. Croix’s ongoing workshops: “Visionary Painting,”Creating your own Tarot Deck,” and “Travel and Nature Visual Journaling.” For more information, please visit lisadestcroix.com or santafecreativetourism.org.

Lisa de St. Croix

Visionary Painting, Art Journaling, and Tarot with Lisa de St. Croix
by Luke Fannin

For Santa Fe artist Lisa de St. Croix, art has always been a personal quest, one which began in her youth and has continued to this day. She believes strongly in the uniquely transformative power of art and creativity, a belief which defines her work both as artist and teacher. Ms. de St. Croix works and teaches in a broad range of creative fields, from large representational oil paintings, art journals incorporating mixed media and assemblage, to her current masterwork, a full 78-card tarot deck, which she has named Tarot de St. Croix.

Ms. de St. Croix describes her work as a personal mythology, an idea which she believes many of us, knowingly or otherwise, are attracted to. “There’s so much behind who we are,” she says. “Where we’re from, who our ancestors were — these are rich sources of imagery and can be especially powerful, resonant sources for artwork.” In sharing stories, she explains, we can achieve so much more, from the simple therapeutic value of opening up, to the deep exploration of the beliefs that define us. Her tarot deck is a perfect example of this. Tarot, an interest she inherited from her mother, is a practice of mind and spirit dating back centuries. The rich tradition and cultural histories of tarot, combined with its focus on personal introspection, plus the important family associations it has for her — she even still uses her mother’s deck — are all essential factors for her in this project. “It’s perfect for me,” Ms. de St. Croix says. “I love the traditional tarot … But I also realized pretty quickly that I didn’t want to just copy someone else’s deck in my style. I really wanted to study the meaning of each card and put in my own imagery. If I open myself to the meaning of the card, there’s so much synchronicity.”

Visionary Painting, Art Journaling, and Tarot with Lisa de St. Croix

From Tarot de St. Croix. All images © Lisa de St. Croix. Used with permission.

Ms. de St. Croix’s tarot classes include readings or guidance in creating a personal tarot deck. She also teaches workshops in travel, nature, and art journaling, a process she describes as a “visual prayer,” as well as visionary painting classes, in which she utilizes shamanic techniques to induce students into a light trance-state from which they can paint intuitively (it was on a shamanic vision quest that Ms. de St. Croix was led to the idea for Tarot de St. Croix). Although she is open to groups for any of these classes, she prefers working one-on-one: “I like to be able to tune into a person, see what they need, what turns them on, and be able to change directions quickly,” she says.

In any case, teaching provides Ms. de St. Croix with a necessary break from her otherwise solitary work as an artist, a chance to inspire and be inspired. “Workshops give me community,” she explains. “I love to inspire people. I get e-mails from students telling me how they’ve set up a little corner of their home and they’re working in their journal, how much it’s enriched their lives. I love to do that.”

Ultimately, whether through her art or her teaching, Lisa de St. Croix is always looking to engage us in something more than ordinary. “For me, art isn’t so much about making an object to hang on someone’s wall and decorate their house. I can see how there’s value in that, but it just doesn’t interest me. My art is about having meaning; my goal is to give people something dynamic and alive, something they can interact with in a real way.”

Visionary Painting, Art Journaling, and Tarot with Lisa de St. Croix

I Am Sky, I Am Water. All images © Lisa de St. Croix. Used with permission.

Santa Fe Creative Tourism is a project of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission. If you would like to take a workshop with Lisa de St. Croix, or another of our 200+ artists, check out our calendar. Artists and organizations: click here to list your workshops and other arts-related events, or to be a featured artist on our blog.

Related:  Five Questions with Lisa de St. Croix
The Eight of Pentacles, from Tarot de St. Croix: A Work-in-Progress with Lisa de St. Croix

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