Hi there. I’m Janice Duke and I’m an illustrator, philosopher and nature lover, with a purrticular fondness for cats. I’m based in Scotland and studied both art and philosophy at the University of Dundee. My favourite artists are: Salvador Dali, Auguste Rodin, and Leonardo da Vinci. My favourite philosophers are: Friedrich Nietzsche, Baruch Spinoza, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. These are probably the strongest influences on my personal work, as well as my interests in wildlife and mythology, along with a fondness for Carl Jung and Robert Anton Wilson. My main philosophical and artistic interest is perception; how and why we perceive our world as we do, and what this tells us about epistemology, ethics and metaphysics. I believe it is aesthetics – above all other branches of philosophy – that has the most to tell us about the meaning of life.
Professionally I specialise in book covers and illustrations for books and articles. I am also working on a number of my own books and intend to illustrate and publish as an author myself in future.
I will be sharing some of my thoughts and creations with you here and would appreciate any feedback. To start, here are a couple of acrylic pieces I painted to celebrate dropping out of art school and into a full time philosophy degree (more about that in another post):