About the artist

We featured the female portraiture work of Josephine Duson back in September. She kindly agreed to return and give us an insight into her work, inspiration and techniques.

Profile picture of artist Josephine Duson

Josephine Duson originates from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She is passionate about art and this shows in her work. Josephine’s focus is on female portraiture; working with images of both famous people as well as unknowns that she discovers in the public domain. You can see her artistic influences spanning many decades; from the Art Deco movement of the early 20th Century, through Cubism and Pop-Art, right up to the present day with modern contemporary styles. She is always looking for new ways to express herself, resulting in a body of work that is forever evolving. Josephine spends a lot of time editing and perfecting her images, experimenting with layers and effects with often surprising results. One thing that remains constant is her images are always both intriguing and captivating.

How did you first get into digital art?

I’ve always been creative: writing, business solutions, painting, drawing, sculptures and web design. It never really turned into passion until, back in 2009, when I started digital enhancement and layering on my computer. Later came the tablet and the phone. I was completely hooked and still am.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

Digital art is really my thing. The sky is the limit, there are so many possibilities and the outcome is never completely predictable. I love that fact.

What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?

I am particularly fond of female portraiture, I always have been. I started out with famous models from the 1920s and ‘30s. At present I am working more with contemporary women and not necessarily famous people. I see so many faces from all kind of sources, there is always only one that I am drawn to that at that moment.

What inspires you?

Actually I feel constantly inspired. I love the flow and I could create all day and cannot stop exploring: the apps and their possibilities have taken my inspiration to another level. I am hooked!

What is your artistic motivation?

I think I covered that answer in all that I’ve written above. I will add that I love what my art gives to other people: emotions.

Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?

This one is hard to answer as I love them all at the time I create them. They all have certain memories attached.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

Innovative. Inspired. Emotional.

What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?

The other day I had a follower on Instagram liking a great deal of my timeline and stating that he had never seen somebody so talented.

Name three artists who inspire you.

I really enjoy the work of Georges Seurat, Jack Vettriano and Pablo Picasso.

How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?

It’s a world apart from the artist in 2009 when you look at the results nowadays. That said, I was equally determined, inspired and enjoying what I did back then.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?

Always enjoy what you do, no matter the result. Be happy!

What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?

An Android Tablet and iPhone 7s: best of two worlds.

Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?

Too many to mention! That’s because I don’t make, I create. It’s like going into a conversation with the work and letting it lead me. I often download and delete apps on daily basis.

Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so,
which are your favourites and why?

Actually I never use commercial stock. I mainly work with public domain and photos from free sites like Picsart, Unsplash and Pixabay.

Do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?

That’s not how I feel, certainly nowadays. I tend to get equally good feedback from both painters and digital artists alike on Instagram. Maybe it is the way you look at it yourself that clouds your judgement. As artists we are all very vulnerable when exposing our work in the fast paced world of the Internet.

Where to find Josephine’s work online


Instagram Facebook

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with us, Josephine!