My name is Brooke, and I am a trained artist and folk herbalist. I poison, heal, divine, curse, manifest, craft, soothe, purify, cleanse, destroy, create, study, and prophesize. I work rituals, commune with spirits, talk to plants, and learn from animals. My artwork and spirituality are influenced by the time I spent living abroad in Japan, the folklore and traditions of my mostly Eastern European Jewish (Latvian, Polish, and Russian) and a-little-bit British ancestry, the folklore and traditions of my married-into Celtic ancestry, and the modern revival of Anglo-Saxon Heathenry.
I am a long-time painter and illustrator working in the mediums of pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and digital (Photoshop CS6 + Wacom Tablet), as well as an amateur wood-worker (builder and carver). I also grow, care for, and wild-harvest medicinal plants, and create herbal remedies such as teas, tinctures, syrups, elixirs, and salves. In addition to all that, I love to cook, and I have a great deal of passion for and belief in the farm-to-table movement, sustainable living, community supported agriculture, shopping locally, respecting the environment, and combating climate change. I cook and eat meat sparingly, and only when I can get it from humane, local sources. I do not support the mass meat industry.
I live in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. with my husband and dog. I work professionally as a senior business analyst in web development, writing technical specs for web developers, designing system architecture, and improving the user experiences of my clients’ websites.
I am proudly bisexual, feminist, liberal, and nerdy. I have an unhealthy obsession with Lord of the Rings. I denounce white supremacy, Nazism, bigotry, and cultural appropriation. I believe strongly in the equality and fair treatment of all races, religions, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexualities, and immigration statuses. I am personally working on bettering myself every day.
Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I am also a contributor at The Longship and a member of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. If you would like to commission artwork or receive divination services, please don’t hesitate to contact me.