Desiree Isphording

'The role of the artist is to bring forth the sacredness of the material, to reveal its spirit, rather than to alter its basic qualities in some way. The process of creating art, of transformation, is seen as one kind of magic; therefore, all artistic acts intrinsically have merit, and all artists are essentially magicians or shamans who mediate between the everyday world and the world of the unconscious.'     - Sabina Magliocco in Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars Welcome to my selection of mythopoetic, illustration, fantasy art! If you enjoy this tiny sampling of my work, may I suggest visiting my DA gallery, which is updated more frequently or my personal  blog  of art & writing: Flora, Fauna, Persona.  However, this gallery does contain some of my older work that is no longer viewable on my website. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Desirée a twenty-four year old artist who resides in the woodlands of eastern Pennsylvania among Sassafras and Tulip Poplars, near the shores of a lake frequented by Great Blue Herons, White-tailed Deer, and Muskrats. Her lifelong interest in Faerylore, mythology, symbolism, and Nature have greatly influenced both the style and subjects of her work as well as providing a deeper context for her art practice. She has a particular passion for mythopoetic portraiture wherein she seeks to capture the elusive muses of Faery, often translating their presence into theriomorphic figures.Desirée's artwork also possesses something of its own dark aesthetic - there are threads of melancholy, sorrow, and subtle traces of a morbid fascination to be found by the observant throughout her work. The chthonic, arcane, and mysterious have long been inspirational companions, stirring her imagination and leading her to explore certain aspects of myth and symbolism through art. To date her work has been featured on the Endicott Studio of Mythic Arts Blog, in the online poetry journal Goblin Fruit, within Epilogue’s New Masters of Fantasy volume III collection,  in SageWoman and Pentacle magazines. Desiree’s pieces have also graced the covers of  If... A Journal of Spiritual Exploration , PaganNet News and the GypsyRose catalog. Buy My Art! Print Shoppe: high-quality prints and postcards ACEOs: original art cards for sale Phée Adornments: hand-crafted jewelryOther Haunts: Amazon |  DeviantART: Sphinxmuse & Phée Adornments | Enchanted Folk | Epilogue | Flickr | Frazy | LiveJournal: DeerWoman & Phée Adornments | MySpace | Tribe   I like art history, faerylore/fairylore, mythology, folklore, poetry, bellydance, religion, spirituality, legends, tattooing, ancient cultures, abandoned places, writing, music (I play the Celtic harp & Native American style flute) Favourite movies Pan's Labyrinth, Edward Scissorhands, What Dreams May Come, Disney's defunct TV series Gargoyles, Favourite books "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker | "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S Beagle | Favourite music Artists: Tori Amos, Simon & Garfunkel, Niyaz, Knossos, The Decemberists, Ekova, Fiona Apple, Qntal, Imogen Heap, Capercaille, etc. | Genres: world, world beat, Celtic/Gaelic, electronica, alternative rock, classis rock,