Artist Statement on the Tarot Series

I've been playing around with Tarot cards for a long time. My cousin, Rutty, taught me the rudiments over 50 years ago in Virginia. She respected the intent of the cards - predictions. I've been more interested in the magic, the aura, the mystery. Often, in Greece, some of us would shuffle and lay out the cards by candlelight to fill an evening with a little "hocus pocus" with a glass of wine. Take it or leave it, it was fun and instilled evocative imagery. For many years - over 30 - I have painted and collaged the "figure" at the Plastic Club. This show covers my interests in both directions, Tarot and the Figure.