Sometimes when I make art, I take on the role of psychopomp - creating art for the dying and deceased, as well as those left behind: a death mask for a dying man, a painted mailbox for a gravesite for a young teen, portraits of beloved pets who have left this world.
Sometimes my art leads me to the path of the Oracle, creating work for clients to help clear their paths that starts with a Tarot reading and ends with a painting or talisman: finding or defining a vocation, marking a new beginning, or helping to find resolution in the past so that new work can begin.
Sometimes when I am making art, I am the Witch and Conjurer. I pull from my own inner visions to create images and unravel myths. I can simultaneously make works for myself, for everyone, for anyone, and for no one at all, weaving the materials into spells and stories. There is all of the meaning to be unlocked - or none at all, seen and unseen. Much of my work tends to fall into this category.
And sometimes when I make art, I am the Priest and Priestess. The process goes beyond communing with the media, materials, and inklings of visions, and becomes a conversation with Someone Else. You can call it Spirit, God, Goddess, the Mighty Dead, the Ancestors, but those are just labels that help us grasp Them. I have worked with Many over the years - pretty much from every path that you can think of. Sometimes it is for a client, who has been called to have a certain piece (or pieces) of artwork on their altar by their Patron/Matron. Other times, I'll be working on a concept and it will have the effect of calling in Someone new (or old).