I have been tattooing professionally since 2005 after apprenticing with Shep at The Body Art Shop in Adelaide, and making art for as long as I can remember. In 2009 I relocated to Melbourne, and that same year I started taking botanical illustration classes with the wonderful Mali Moir which had a strong influence on my tattooing. For my first six years in Melbourne I was fortunate enough to work with and learn from some of Australia's most talented artists, practising a diverse range of styles, including the American Traditional work offered at Chapel Tattoo and the more illustrative large-scale and Japanese work offered at Tama Tattoo.
Aesthetically my work is inspired by natural history illustrations, Baroque still lifes, Tibetan thangka paintings and 19th Century book illustrations as well as more traditional tattoo imagery. Thematically I am drawn to all motifs from nature, but particularly plants, and particularly those with herbal, medicinal or magical properties. I also love imagery of a religious, folkloric or mythological nature and am particularly fond of Buddhist themes, early Christian art and European fairytales.
Until recently I was working from my own private studio, Artemisia Custom Tattooing, in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, in a shop that I shared with my husband's business, Shaun C. Duncan Custom Framing and Fine Art Printing. In October 2021 however we relocated back to South Australia to be closer to our families, and are yet to re-establish our shared workspace. Hopefully that will happen soon but in the meantime I can be found tattooing with my friends at House of Daggers in Torrensville.
When I'm not tattooing or painting I enjoy spending time in nature, belly dancing, reading and spending time with my husband Shaun and our three gorgeous children Miles, Audrey and Lester. Shaun and I also run Lepus Luna, producing limited edition fine art prints of work by myself and other contemporary artists, as well as classic artworks in the public domain.