A deck of impeccable beauty....the Artists' eye for capturing the spirit of a "legend" while maintaining tarot symbolism is impressive -- Abracadabra Sept 1995
Ms. Ferguson has thoroughly researched both the Taro and the Arthurian legends...kept my attention read cover to cover -- Lexinton SciFi Fantasy Association
You can tell this is inspired work, and I'm not even an Arthurian legend fan! Lush, deep images. Highly recommended. -- SageWoman 1995
About the Author
Anna-Marie was born in the historical New Forest of Southern England. At the age of nine her family emigrated to Western Canada with her parent's dream of life on the land. Anna-Marie would later divide her time between the two countries.
On return to the U.K. at the age of sixteen Anna-Marie joined a graphic design studio. She devoted much of her spare time to developing her watercolour skills with book illustrations being her ultimate goal. This was a formative time, not only in laying the foundation of her artistic career, but also in her return to the romantic landscape of the New Forest which serviced to galvanize her long interest in history and legend. The ancient woodlands of the New Forest would later appear in her art, helping to create the atmosphere of old, damp, enchantment for which she would become known.
Anna-Marie is a self-taught artist whose passion for history and legend led her to paint and later write about its characters and dramas. Over the years her paintings of these classical subjects have served as both book illustration and works of art exhibited in museums and sold through galleries.
1995 marked the release of the first publication which Anna-Marie both wrote and illustrated - Legend the Arthurian Tarot and its accompanying book A Keeper of Words. The work received critical acclaim, bringing international exposure and the coveted contract of illustrating Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. She became the first woman to illustrate this great classic and takes her place in a list of Malorian illustrators which includes such great names as Aubrey Beardsley, Sir William R. Flint and Arthur Rackham, N.C. Whythe and Howard Pyle in adaptations of the text.
Anna-Marie is a member of the international Arthurian Society and Pendragon Society. She has made numerous television appearances, tours and lectures on the art of illustration and the Arthurian world. In 1996 she was awarded Artist of the Year by the Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council, and currently lives in Western Canada where she is ably assisted by her dog and three cats.