Moti Black



The Moti Black Phoenix, Moti Black, Watercolour, 2014


Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit :-) 

I am an artist and writer who lives in Fife. My main interests are cats, nature, fantasy and the esoteric. I have a passion for Tarot, especially the historical evolution of the cards, the artwork, and all the other disciplines you get to learn when you study the Tarot in depth. Due to my academic background, I am also an incurable researcher with a current interest in Jung and the Tarot, Past/Inter Lives, Shamanism, and Equality and Diversity. Having stood down as Treasurer of the Tarot Association of the British Isles and a local charity in 2018, I now dedicate my time to writing and painting.


My main project at the moment is a novel called “The Casa Martyrs”. It is the first book in The Blazing Court trilogy and is about an outcast in uneven shreds of lace who tries to understand the nature of power through music, art and love. I hope to complete this contemporary fantasy novel in 2020.


Pader Guard, Moti Black, Pencil Drawing and Photoshop, 2013
This is a drawing I did of a 'Pader'. Paders are a group of female warriors from The Blazing Court trilogy. 



TAROT


TABI Facebook Banner, Moti Black, Watercolour, 2013

I was the Treasurer of The Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) from 2010 - 2018. In 2013, I won a competition to have my artwork feature on the TABI FaceBook Page, and got permission to sell the image on my Red Bubble Account (both with and without the TABI wording).

I am in the early days of coming up with some deck ideas, and hope to get going on creating my own deck soon.





A Cyclist on Pittenweem Road, Moti Black, Watercolour, 2018

As an artist, I am very lucky to live in the East Neuk of Fife. I am currently working on improving my technique, art work for my novel, The Casa Martyrs, and preliminary ideas for a couple of Tarot Decks.

I have a Red Bubble Shop, which sells prints, cards and products featuring my art work.



EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING


In 2001, I received a first class honours in International Politics and International History shortly followed by a Masters in Postcolonial Politics (with Research Training) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (the top University for International Relations in the UK at the time).

In 2003, I received ESRC funding to work on my thesis on Disability, International Non-Governmental Organisations, and Uganda at the University of Sheffield (the joint top department for Politics in the UK).

In 2008, I left Academia having completed my thesis (which is available here), and with a passion for equality and diversity. I worked as a project manager on a government funded gender equality drive with a national Quango for two years.

Over the years I have also completed a number of Open University courses covering topics such as writing fiction, web design and psychology.

In 2010 I became treasurer of the Tarot Association of the British Isles and chose to focus my life on more spiritual and creative work.

I was attuned Reiki I in 2011 and Reiki II in 2014.

Since moving to Fife, I have started to take my art more seriously and have taken classes with Susan Forsyth, Steve Bretel, and Lyn Evans.

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