Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

Artwork that Inspires: My Top 10 Favorite Artists


I keep a list of artwork that truly inspires me on Pinterest. These images above are works that have left a lasting impression on me and continue to motivate me to keep pushing myself beyond my current skill level. “Remembering Spring” by Heather Hudson, “Fae Risque” and “Contemplating Secrets” by Amy Brown, and “The Hermit” by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law are all prints I own and am waiting to frame. Others are found in Tarot and Oracle decks I own, such as Dreams of Gaia, Oracle of Shadow and Light and the Faeries’ Oracle.

If I had to narrow it down to my top 10 favorite artists at this current moment in no particular order, here they are:

Jennifer Healy
Her sci-fi/fantasy surrealism is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She is a genre all her own. I can’t get enough of her creations and I always look forward to what she comes out with next.

Ravynne Phelan
Ever since following her and watching the Dreams of Gaia Tarot deck come to life I have been a huge fan of Ravynne’s. Everything she has created since has stopped me in my tracks and made my jaw drop. She never ceases to amaze me.

Vareta is a Brazillian coloured pencil and tattoo artist. WOW! His portraits are mind blowing, and his tattoos have a unique style to match his artwork on paper. Personally, I’ve never had an interest in getting a tattoo, but if I were going to do it, it would be worth the trip to Brazil.

Nene Thomas
I have been a long time fan of Nene’s, ever since fairy and fantasy art became such a big part of my life. She was the one who first introduced me to Corel Painter and got me excited about digital artwork for the first time through a tutorial she published in Faerie Magazine.

Cris Ortega
Her digital work inspires me to push my next piece of artwork beyond my current skill level. I would love to be able to paint at her skill level.

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Stephanie creates magic in watercolour! Her attention to detail and mythological imagery is what captivates me. There is a story in every painting. You can look at one of her paintings 50 times and notice something new every time.

Amy Brown
She is considered the Queen of Faeries when it comes to fairy art and fairy culture. It was her artwork in the Healing with the Faeries Oracle deck that led me down the rabbit hole into the world of Faerie. I guess not only is she Queen, but Gatekeeper as well.

Linda Ravenscroft
Not only is her work absolutely magical and enchanting, but after having had the pleasure of meeting her at a convention in Seattle, this woman planted the seed and convinced me I need to visit Glastonbury, UK. Her studio is there along with a ton of other magical gift shops, not to mention a longstanding history of enchantment and lore of the city and surrounding area. A bucket list travel destination, to be sure!

Anne Stokes
Anne is another digital painter that inspires me to stretch my talents outside of my comfort zone. Her dragons, especially, both intimidate and inspire me.

Selina Fenech
As both an artist and an entrepreneur, Selina is someone whom I look up to. Her artwork is absolutely stunning. She also writes Young Adult Fantasy, and I’ve quite enjoyed her books too!


Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website:

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