Fern & Oak


Scathach // The Magician

The Magician (New beginnings, will power and intuition - the magician is shown at centre stage but this can be misleading - what is going on unseen?) depicted as Scathach, a Celtic Goddess of the Underworld. She is also affiliated with darkness, magic, prophecy and (somewhat bizarrely) martial arts.

As I was researching this goddess I was so stoked to realise that this was Lady Gaga’s character in the latest season of American Horror Story! I must have completely missed her name, which is funny as she was my favourite character of the season. I’m a huge AHS and Gaga fan and really loved the vibe of this last season so for this painting I created the character as a homage to Gaga’s depiction of Scathach.

Due to work commitments, this painting took me by far the longest to finish - over two weeks. The design was pretty complex and I found myself creatively blocked quite a lot. I’m really happy with how she came out, especially as I nearly abandoned this one entirely, as it was getting so frustrating! Simultaneously to painting this, I also created a Scathach homage in my art journal, which I’ve included some pictures of as well.