Hi! My name is Mariza, artist behind Mari in the Sky.
I am a nature-inspired illustrator who recently created a hand-drawn tarot deck filled with imagery influenced by life in remote Alaska. It is touched throughout by my indigenous spiritual background.
I draw much of my strength and inspiration from our natural environment, as it has always been my comfort and guide. I strongly believe that our mental health is very much influenced by our connection or lack of connection with our ecosystem. The art of these cards attempts to bridge the gap and remind us of the power and love found there.
Having grown up with ceremony and daily rituals that connect us with the elements, songs that ancestors sang with words and sounds that speak to this connection, I am inspired to share the love, honor, and respect that our planet is due. It is my hope that the love embedded in my work can serve as a reminder of this connection so that we may feel supported by our natural environment and also responsible for its well-being. Heal your self, heal the earth.
During the Kickstarter campaign for The Gentle Tarot, a very loving and responsive community formed. I would love to continue the relationship here on the Gentle Tarot website. Thoughts, feedback, questions – all are always welcome. I am very thankful for the input individual backers gave during the creation process, many key elements of this deck box and book design were influenced by one-on-one feedback. Co-creating at it’s best!
Do stay tuned for new up and coming creations. I have an array of Gentle Tarot art items in the works including framed, signed prints, new stickers – as well as bigger projects like a companion Oracle deck (!!!) and the full sized guidebook for the Gentle Tarot.
Thank you so much for taking time to look at my work and thank you for supporting independent artists. I am thankful to donate 10% of deck proceeds to ocean and climate change research. So much gratitude for our walk together on this path of self healing and earth healing.