Janice has been inspired to create art for as long as she can remember. She was captivated by animals and nature from a young age, particularly by her many pets and the goings-on in her back garden. In adolescence fantasy fiction, computer games, and a profound need to escape from reality led her deeper down the artistic rabbit hole, her subjects becoming fantastical-beings, heroes and heroines, and epic journeys. Since 2007 she has worked as a freelance illustrator, portrait painter and designer. Far from escaping reality, it is her contention that in art, as in any creative endeavour, we find the starkest confrontation with reality possible.

Janice has been fascinated by the occult and the strange since childhood, influenced by various psychic and mystical experiences. She studied tarot from an early age, practiced many forms of meditation and experimented with a variety of occult and spiritual disciplines, taking whatever elements suited her and weaving them into her own solitary practices. She has taken inspiration from figures such as William Blake, Austin Osman Spare, Rosaleen Norton, Alex Grey, Rumi, Aleister Crowley, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.

Despite her aversion to magical organisations, due to the inevitable politics that go with them, her enjoyment of networking with a wide range of practitioners led her to join the KIA network, an impressively non-hierarchical magical organisation, eschewing crude politics and therefore providing a conduit for candid information sharing.


Chemical Serpents (Artist and Illustrator)

Janice Duke around the net

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