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I love to take the road less travelled

Conceived Lake Victoria, Tanganyika. Born Lincolnshire, England. Brought up in Canada. Based in Fremantle, Australia. My wanderlust has taken me around the world and through several careers.  

I began as an Interior architect in Canada and the UK, specializing in hospitality and workplace design. I moved to Australia to establish the interior architecture department at Curtin University and extended its programs into Singapore and Malaysia. My research focused on indigenous spatial meaning, placemaking and community building. This led to consulting to FORM, facilitating workshops for clusters of artist-makers in developing, exhibiting, and marketing new products. FORM is Western Australia’s Peak Body for the creative economy.  

I create paintings, installations, sculptures and wearable art inspired by my travels. My art focuses on the natural world.  I engage in research about place, memory and community to create responsive works. I studied Natural History illustration at the University of Newcastle, Australia and paint endemic species: wildflowers, fauna, and environments. My botanical work extends into ephemeral paper flower installations for Crown Casino Resorts, FORM, the City of Claremont, and a community art-making project in Myanmar. My work tells stories, stirs the senses, and makes people smile.  


I have exhibited in Australia, Italy and Myanmar. I have curated exhibitions and written books on social sustainability and community engagement. I am part of a network of collaborators who initiate artist-led, community-engaged projects for activating public spaces and connecting people. 

My award-winning creative work won funding from the Australian ASEAN Council (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Government of Western Australia, the City of Fremantle, the Shire of Collie and Curtin University. I hold a Master of Design and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture. 


Yangon Alley Garden: A trail of paper flowers between Myanmar and Fremantle  VIEW


Meet the Artists: Spring Floral Installation at Crown Perth VIEW


Riches of Isolation: unearthing the Creative potential of Western Australia  VIEW  


An Interior Affair VIEW


Facilitating Cultural Transformation: Redefining Indigenous identity through architecture VIEW


M² Models and Methodologies for Community Engagement

Editors: R. Tiwari, M. Lommerse & D. Smith, Springer, Singapore, 2014  VIEW


Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture

Editors: D. Smith, M. Lommerse & Priya Metcalfe, Springer, Singapore, 2014  VIEW

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Botanica Art Exhibition: Symbiosis
Curator: J. Dunstan, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia, 2018 

Beauty from the Bush: Botanical art of Western Australian Flora
Curator: Susan Radford, Avocado Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2018 

Leech-Partington Botanical Art Prize Exhibition
Denmark y Gallery, Denmark, Australia, 2021

Yangon Alley Garden
Curator: Leonie Mathews, Old Mariner’s Gallery, Fremantle, Australia, 2021

Riches of Isolation: traversing Western Australia’s Treasures
Found and Sorted Gallery, Fremantle, Australia, 2022

Sea Circus: A magical mystery tour of the underwater world
Kidogo Gallery, Fremantle, 2014

Off the Page
Curator: Katrina Longo. Claremont Town Centre, Perth, Australia, 2019

Public2016 Platform
Curator: FORM Curatorial Team, FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2016

Public2016 Platform 
Urban Art Festival, Curator: FORM Curatorial Team, FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2016

Urban Art Festival, Curator: FORM Curatorial Team, FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2015

An Interior Affair
Curator: IDEA Curatorial Team, FORM Gallery, Perth, Australia, 2012

Works in collections

Language of Flowers: Spring Flower Gallop \ Installation
Crown Perth, Crown Towers, Perth, Australia, 2018 VIEW

Language of Flowers: Fashion Meets Flowers \ Installation
Lakeside Joondalup, Joondalup, Australia, 2016

The Language of Flowers: Chandelier \ Installation   
Perth Royal Flower Show. Shenton Park, Australia, 2016

Carnaby’s Food Forest \ Placemaking Mural
City of Fremantle. Florence Community Park, South Fremantle, Australia, 2016

Emus Fleeing \ Mural
Terra Rosa Consulting. South Fremantle, Australia, 2015

Collie Mural Trail \ Three Separate Murals 
Collie Shire, Collie, Australia, 2020  VIEW


Collie Mural Trail


Finalist, Australian Awards for University Teaching

Yangon Alley Garden – A Community Based Art Project 
Association of Southeast Asian Nations Council Grants (ASEAN)
Australian Department of Finance and Trade, 2019-20 

The Language of Flowers \ Placemaking Installation 
FORM PUBLIC2016 PLATFORM.  Claremont, Australia, 2016

Nest: New Nomads \ Placemaking Installation 
FORM PUBLIC2016 PLATFORM.  Claremont, Australia, 2016


Australian Fellow, Domain de Boisbuchet
2014 – 2020 (Lessac, France)

Boisbuchet runs art and design workshops and traveling exhibitions in cooperation with the Pompidou Centre (Paris).

My role was to facilitate partnerships in the Australian arts and culture community.


Bramley National Park Arts Residency \ Flora & Fauna of Bramley National Park
Bramley National Park, Australia, 2016 & 2017

RSPCA Artist-in-Residence \ Animals Promenading \ Placemaking Mural
RSPCA WA, Malaga, Australia, 2020/21

Mountain Seas Arts Residency 
Flinders Island, Tasmania, Australia, 2017

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