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Ashwarden of the Summerswood

by Matthew Spencer

Most feared among the Emerald King’s court, but one of his most trusted advisors, the Ashwarden walks the woods seeking decay and corruption.  He alone has the wisdom to know that sometimes, only fire can bring about new growth.

Inspired by the crisp evidence of drought and crackling bonfires, by violent summer storms, and by the magic inherent in the wheel of the year.

Painted in watercolor, gouache, and ink on 140lb Arches hot press paper, accented with 23K gold leaf.

The artwork is framed in a walnut stained hammered frame. Both frame and mat have been embellished by the artist to suit the theme of the piece.


Product Framed size: 14" x 17"
Product Surface / Material: Arches Hotpress Watercolor Paper
Product Surface / Material: 140lb
Artwork Size: 7.5" x 10.5"

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Matthew Spencer is a queer illustrator from southeast Michigan.

He works primarily in ink, watercolor and gouache (often embellished with metal leaf), creating pieces inspired by folklore, history, and nature.

Outside of his freelance work, he has been slowly but surely been illustrating his own tarot deck. The Courtly Beasts Tarot- along with a good deal of Matthew’s other personal work- depicts a fantastical world populated by anthropomorphic animals in elaborate costume, set within lush environments both botanical and architectural.