Fern & Oak


Benzaiten // The Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups (Love - the start of love, inspired by creativity, nurtured by fruitfulness and happy times) depicted as Benzaiten, Japanese sea goddess of love, beauty, eloquence and music.

I had a lot of fun painting this and also enjoyed the challenge of painting an Asian character, as the vast majority of my paintings are Caucasian and for a while now I’ve been wanting to paint more diversely.

I loved creating her dress with some beautiful iridescent watercolours and inks I have. Also, the Cups are often associated with water so I have mostly picked sea/ water goddesses for the suit.