The Artella Daily Muse
Friday, December 16th 2006
Profile: Arnell Ando

Arnell Daily Muse: How would you describe your art?

Arnell: My art these days is collage/mixed media and most always with a Tarot theme.

DM: What is your favorite piece of your own art and why?

Mini Occult Shop Arnell: I enjoy losing myself in making a miniature occult shop which takes forever due to all the construction needed and then the making of all the tiny inventory of Tarot decks, books, Ouija boards, crystal balls, magic wands etc...the sort of inventory you might find in some funky little occult shop. If you like, you can see samples here.

DM: Do you have favorite movies?

Lucky Pack Tarot Set Arnell: Nothing thatís currently out, but my favorite movies to watch when I'm blue are:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Down by Law
Waking World
The Big Lebowski
Rivers & Tides (artist Andy Goldsworthy)
The Royal Tenenbaums
Good Night, and Good Luck
And when I want to watch something completely ridiculous & hilarious,
The Search For One Eyed Jimmy

DM: Is there music that you love to hear?

Arnell: Pretty much anything Sting does will put me in the creative spirit as well as Paul Simon and Tom Waits. I still catch new meanings and nuances when listening to their lyrics and their melodies can really transport my soul while working on an art project.

Tarot Moon Doll DM: Which artists do you love?

Arnell A few that come to mind are
J.W. Waterhouse and many of those Pre-Raphaelite artists
Frida Kahlo
Dave McKean
Susan Seddon Boulet
Andy Goldsworthy
Niki de Saint Phalle (her incredible Tarot Garden in Italy)
and my friend Leslie Cochran of

DM: Whom do you most admire and why?

Tarot Moon Mirror Arnell: I admire creative people that not only share inspirational work but also give back to the bigger community such as Sting, George Clooney, Bono. I also admire Jon Stewart for his ability to be so funny and relevant and Bill Maher for his guts...same goes for Russ Feingold, Robert Kennedy Jr. (environmental lawyer) and Rachel Maddow. I learn a lot from hearing them on Air America Radio and am inspired by their honesty and courage.

Arnell Ando is a Jungian-based, Expressive Therapist.
She has created 4 Tarot decks so far including,
Transformational Tarot published by U.S. Games
and Heroís Journey which she has been handcrafting
since '94. Her latest offering is the Lucky Pack Tarot.
You can view Arnellís art, decks, and custom made
miniature occult shops, or read her various articles
on her site.