BSS19: Meet the Tutors


Tusif Ahmad

Tusif became interested in art from his teenage years and started creating work using pen and ink, mostly interested in landscapes and capturing and preserving the beauty of the world. An international artist, he has worked in many countries and with artists of different skills, mindsets, and point of views- giving him a diverse experience and viewpoint which is depicted in his artwork.
Peace, love, humanity and humility are themes that weave throughout his work. Love is represented in many forms; whether it’s the love of a mother for her child, or the love between two partners or the love of god for his creations, love is a recurring theme. Having experienced different religions and cultures throughout his journey he aims to represent the common ground which is Love and Peace between those cultures in his artwork so he can play a part in the effort to unite humanity.


Sam Beard

Sam Beard is a painter and printmaker based in Western Australian. Having graduated from Edith Cowan University with a BA in visual art and graphic design, Sam is currently studying art history at the University of Western Australia. With industry experience in both the arts and design, Sam is committed to enabling emerging artists.


Gaynor Beck

Gaynor has a Certificate 111 in Visual Art, and has been involved in various exhibitions over the past 10 years. Inspired by archaeology, history, cultural community and symbolism Gaynor mixes humble practicalities with symbolic meaning as she explores the expression of her inner self through her work.

Emily Bennett

Emily began with Stirling Street Arts Centre earlier in 2017 volunteering in the Kids Arts Afterschool classes whilst she studies her Bachelor of Education. Emily has shone through assisting these classes with her bright and bubbly personality, and has quickly taken to leading her own workshops in watercolour, drawing, and painting.


Christine Blowfield

I have found the foundation of my works are colour and light. In any medium, this is what I love to portray. Many times painting items that we see around us and in our beautiful South west area. I love the Australian colours of the bush, our wildflowers and our gum trees. They have a unique form and even more unique colours.

Drawing was always strong in my studies, as my first medium was soft pastels, I found I had a naturally lineal feel about my works. But colour and light soon took over, as I progressed to Acrylics. I enjoy working big and boldly, layering the canvas with many textures as I develop the piece. Textures do form an important bases, and I vary these regularly to achieve different atmospheric perspective. Exhibiting regularly Australia wide, I have had some amazing successes and I’m represented in collections worldwide.

Angelique Bowald / Gigite’s Music Tuition

I teach Ukulele and guitar from complete beginners up to intermediate level.

In the summer school workshop for beginners you will learn to play a few easy riffs and an easy song. You will be introduced to music notation as well as tablature chords and notes and we will try to have a little jam at the end together in both the ukulele and guitar workshops

I am a small business owner with 5 tutors as well as myself working from my home teaching children from 3 years to adults. Private and group lessons.  Ukulele, acoustic/electric guitar, acoustic drumming, flute, singing /voice, harmonica, bass guitar.


The Bunbury City Band

was founded on 20 January 1904 and is a group of musicians of all ages, from a variety backgrounds and ability, who share a common interest and passion for music and community spirit.

The Bunbury City Band Inc. was entrusted by the City of Bunbury to look after City owned band rooms and instruments, in order operate as the Bunbury City Band. They are affiliated with the Western Australian Band Association Their current location is the Bunbury City Band Rooms, Cobblestone Drive, Bunbury, behind the Stirling Street Arts Centre.

Bunbury Croquet Club with Kim and Megan Reynolds

A love of a family game is what drew Kim and Megan into initially playing Croquet. Now with over 10 years each of interstate and international competition experience, they are keen to introduce others to the fascinating game of Golf Croquet and Classic Association Croquet. Both are accredited coaches and Kim has successfully coached the first Australian Player to reach a semi-final in a World Tournament. Both Kim and Megan continue to coach at State Level.

Ashley Chitty/ Chitty Bang

Rollerskating since 2012 with the local roller derby league and playing competitive for 4 years. After a trip to the bi-annual national tournament in Adelaide 2014, we met our first ramp skaters and brought the thrill home once discovering the Chicks in Bowls movement. Between a few of us we started a South West WA chapter and have gown the enthusiasm, stoke, and skill in the skateparks ever since. Welcoming anyone willing to have a go and help overcome fears in the skate community.

Claire Connolly

is a certified Dru Yoga teacher and have been practising yoga for the last 10 years and teaching for the last 3 years.  Dru is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation.  With its foundations firmly set in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on the body, mind and spirit – improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building heightened positive feelings, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your

Dee Credaro

I am a locally grown artist, exhibiting in the southwest for many years, sharing what I know through workshops at Jackson’s in Busselton and in the Busselton Art Society. I explore many mediums and styles, two of which are “pen tangles” inks, and the more traditional pen and ink and brush monotone work. I also have a website where you can view some of my work in the different mediums to gain an idea of what to expect if you attend one of my workshops. I look forward to the colour, the mark making, the sharing and the great vibes.

Sharyn Egan

is a Nyoongar woman who was born in Subiaco (Western Australia) in 1957. She is an award winning artist, and has exhibited throughout Western Australia. Sharyn’s practice is primarily a sculpture artist, but has expanded her portfolio into mural painting and other public art projects, including commissions for community and government projects.



Brenda Ellen

is the resident Glass Artist and owner of LAVA Art Glass Gallery & Studio.

Fundamentally Brenda considers herself an architectural glass artist and still enjoys the root of her inspiration, leadlights and stained glass windows. Brenda immerses herself in colour and texture and likes to stretch her creativity translating life into glass, drawn to the physical and creative challenges within the restrictive boundaries. 

Penny Elliot

Penny Elliott is an experienced artist who teaches & practices in various mediums, both to adults and children. She has formal qualifications from 2 universities in Australia, worked in Perth as a gallery guide and has experience in art colleges in Johannesburg and London. She is currently registered with the WA teachers’ Registration Board and teaches in local schools, at SSAC and BRAG.

Penny’s work is often exhibited locally, and has work in collections in Perth and overseas. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and is proud of the many successes her past students are enjoying.


J’aime Fazackerley

J’aime Fazackerley is a vegan activist, film maker, photographer and event organiser based in Perth Australia. He is also the co-owner of Little Wing Collective an arts organisation which is best known for community art space The Corner Gallery.
Originally born in New Zealand, J’aime spent nine years living over east documenting the art and skate scenes which saw him touring Australia and internationally.
J’aime has begun to document, create content and host workshops with the aim of inspiring others to take action, find their own path and live in alignment with their values and morals.

Willow & Catherine Francis

Willow Francis has a long background as a military paramedic and nurse, spending many years in the emergency department. He has facilitated meditation, ceremonial and personal growth events for the past 3 decades. He is the director of Reverence Chocolate and the lead trainer for The Self-Kindness Project. He is committed to living an awe-filled, magical life and in contagiously sharing this with others. Willow brings his solid, grounded, compassionate and playful personality to all the events he is involved in.

Catherine Francis has over a decade of experience in multiple fields in healthcare and the humanities. Holding a degree in Physiotherapy, Catherine’s experience took her to working in the arenas of burns, paediatrics and the disability sector. Catherine specialised in anatomy, psychology and the physiology of wellbeing. She has facilitated meditation and personal growth events for the past decade with Willow. She is currently the Director of Reverence Chocolate and The Self Kindness Project.– an organisation supporting individuals to reconnect with their deeper heart through evidence-based tools and techniques that reduce stress, change emotional reactions and build consistent practical access to the heart’s intelligence. 

Andrew Frazer

Andrew Frazer is a multidisciplinary artist from Bunbury, Western Australia. Inspired by stories of hope, despair, redemption, pain & forgiveness – Andrew’s narrative based art continues to draw upon these experiences that connect us all through shared stories. From public murals, illustration, hand lettering, design & arts management (Six Two Three Zero) – Andrew’s arts practise continues to expand & refine as a testament to his passion for personal growth.


Nathan Gardiner

Nathan is the manager of FACES Bunbury Fashion Runway.  He has taught many of our most successful south west models and has been the Art Director and Choreographer for runway shows for LA Fashion Week, for Betty Tran at Mercedes Fashion Week(s) in Sydney and the South West Fashion Festival.


Rainbow Gold

Rainbow grew up in colourful Kenya gaining inspiration for her art and writing. Rainbow has been successfully exhibited in Derby and Bunbury and has published these books: “Dolphin Dreams” and “Unlock Your Potential”. In 1995, Rainbow became a Kinesiology Consultant and this made her passionate about the fascinating ‘Language of Colour Healing’ which forms the basis of her unique way of teaching art. H.M.says , “It’s exciting. It’s amazing. It’s natural and so powerful.


Jacqueline Graham

For Jacqui, family history research is not just a hobby, it is a passion! She has over 25 years research experience and completed her Certificate of Genealogical Research in 2015. She launched “Family Footprints” in 2014 to offer support, advice and tuition to others wanting to ‘follow the steps of their ancestors’. Jacqui is a member of the Toodyay Historical Society, Australind Family History Society Inc, Society of Australian Genealogists, Western Australian Genealogical Society and Genealogy SA.

Dr Paul Green-Armytage

Paul Green-Armytage was born and educated in England, graduating as an architect in 1964. After ten years’ experience working as an architect, exhibition designer and set designer for television in England, Canada and Australia, he took up a position, in 1976, as senior lecturer in charge of the first year program in design at what is now Curtin University, in Perth Australia. His interest in color research led to a PhD in 2005; the title of his thesis was “Colour, Language and Design”. He has contributed papers at many national and international conferences, served as a member of the executive committee of the International Colour Association and as president of the Colour Society of Australia. He retired from teaching in 2006 but remains active as a researcher and writer.

Jane Hardy


Jane Hardy has been a practicing artist for years and worked across many disciplines.  She co-ordinates the Visual Arts Programs and lecturers at South Regional TAFE in Bunbury and Busselton.  Occasionally when an opportunity arises, Jane likes to spread her wings and teach outside of TAFE.  She was a tutor for the Bunbury Summer School in 2018 facilitating a Hebel Carving Workshop and enjoyed her experience so much she has taken up the opportunity to offer another sculptural workshop in 2019.


Nirala Hunt

I have been creating natural skincare and other products for 35 years, beginning with Rivendell Farm in Ferguson Valley, where I worked alongside my mentor and friend,  Nerys Purchon.  I developed the Mosca range of products for Macnuts WA and continue to produce them with a mail order range of my own. I have published four books, both print and digital and have two more in process.

I enjoy exploring the possibilities of safe, natural ingredients from the garden and the pantry, which results in an eclectic group of workshops! I am inspired by the sharing of information with course participants and continually revise to incorporate new ideas and findings.


Natalie Jackson

Natalie learnt how to felt hats from her mum. Making hats for many years in different mediums for a number of years. Hat making is like baking a cake never quite know how it will come out. Natalie loves wearing hats and making classic hats that people can wear / wearable. Lives in the south west / a member of the Felter’s group. Has a pop-up shop called The Felting Pot in Nannup which opens up during the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival and the Nannup Music Festival.


Deborah James

Deborah is a member of the Bunbury Studio Potters and has 3 years experience in hand building and wheel throwing.


Michele Jenkins

Michele Jenkins has performed as an acrobat and aerialist in circus, theatre, film and television for over 25 years around the world. She moved to WA with her husband in 2015 from London, UK and has since been teaching her skills to local youth and aspiring professionals. She currently teaches performance aerial acrobatics at BREC with her group, the ‘Viva Aerial Dancers’ and specialises in circus skills working towards physical literacy and performance. More information about her work can be found at


Simon Jones

Simon Jones is passionate about everything vintage – from the fashion to the cars, but most of all the swing dancing craze of the 1930s and 40s. He has studied, taught and social danced his way through the last four years for the sheer joy of it.

Nicole Kostezky

Nicole began her dance training in Melbourne at the National Theatre Ballet School and furthered her studies at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Upon graduating in 1987 she joined Perth-based ‘Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company. In 1993 Nicole returned to her ballet career joining the Perth City Ballet for their UK tour. In 1994 she was offered a position as soloist at the ‘Staatheater Bern’ in Switzerland, under the direction of François Klaus. Returning to Melbourne in 1997, Nicole co-directed and performed as a solo dancer with the Russian dance group, ‘Cherevitchki’. She currently lives in the South West of WA, working as a freelance ballet teacher as well as teaching, directing and dancing with Sol y Sombra.

Josh Langley & Andy Macleod

After failing high school twice, Josh Langley went on to create a successful career as a nationally awarded radio creative writer spanning 20 years. He’s published 6 nonfiction books and gives talks at primary schools and festivals, and runs workshops.
Josh’s second Children’s book, ‘It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do’ won the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the Year. He also owns a creative agency with his partner and lives on 7 and a half acres in the South West of Western Australia with a bunch of neurotic chickens.
His new book ‘Find Your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self’ is due for release in September 2018

Andy Macleod is a writer, poet and thinker. He has been published in Elephant Journal and was placed fourth in the 2017 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Poetry Slam. His poems have also been featured in two published non-fiction memoir/self-help books. He writes short stories, is writing several novels, but needs to focus on one, and spends many hours contemplating life. He is studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Literature and Writing, at Edith Cowan University Bunbury. He juggles this with being a voiceover artist and running the advertising copywriting business he owns with his partner. He has been a trainer and assessor for a large government department and now enjoys being a presenter and workshop facilitator. A former lead singer in a rock band, a one-time parachutist, YouTube chef, professional rester, wine connoisseur and much more. Life is never dull being Andy Macleod. He lives with his partner on seven and a half acres overlooking the Preston Valley in the Southwest of Western Australia.

Natasha Lay

Natasha Lay is a creative designer and macrame artist. Born in Geraldton she spent her childhood on the beautiful beaches of Western Australia. She has a love for earthy creations and often finds inspiration from being outdoors.
In 2009 she moved to Europe with her husband and began to explore her curiosities of European culture which infused her passion for design. In 2012 Natasha and her family returned to Australia where she worked as a School Chaplain for over 6 years before relocating to the Kimberley Region where she began learning about the Indigenious culture of Australia. She now lives in the beautiful South West of Western Australia where she resides with her family and has begun teaching her macrame techniques.
In 2016 Natasha decided to launch Natasha Lay Designs. Her weaving style incoporates masculine wood branches and soft natural fibres. She is richly inspired by the untouched raw beauty of the Australian Outback, the natural colours of its landscape, and the unique wildlife that lives amongst it.

Amy Little (Pyjama Drama)

  I’m Amy from Pyjama Drama South West! I am a qualified music and drama teacher and love encouraging children to be creative, learn new drama skills and develop their confidence. I am an ‘adventure facilitator’ and enjoy helping children come up with fantastic ideas and solutions to our drama! Where will our imagination take us today?!

George Mardon & Sandra Fussell (GreenTeach)

Green Teach South West Inc. is an incorporated voluntary association serving to inspire and empower citizens to act for the betterment of South West ecosystems and advance the quality and extent of environmental education in every discipline at all levels of the community.

As a founding member of GreenTeach, George Mardon, began teaching as a manual arts teacher and finished up a high school department head. His extra- curricular environmental activities included twelve years on Estuarine Management, sixteen years consultative work on Minesite Rehabilitation with a group that won a State Golden Gecco excellence award and was invited to be a speaker at an international mining conference titled” Water in Mining”. On the political front, George took a pivotal role in the Save the Yarragadee organisation and in lobbying to have the polluting sulphate chemical plant removed from Australind and replaced with a more environmentally friendly chloride plant at Kemerton.

A life time in practical educational practices, Sandra Fussell, believes it has been a privilege developing curriculum in problem solving and system approaches in our technology age.  All levels of the community need to be open to the opportunities we now have to work constructively to improve skills for life learning at every period of our life.


Sarah McBride 

was born in England in 1966. After travelling extensively and bringing up a family she is now based in Bunbury, Western Australia. Sarah has now renewed her passion for art and paints full time. Sarah is a self taught artist. Sarah’s specialises in portraits,  whether it be animals or human subjects. She looks for the quirky, different and the unusual and has many fans of her work. In between portraits she loves to recreate some of the beautiful landscapes she saw on her travels. 

Esther McDowell

Esther/Yabini is an emerging Noongar artist based North of Perth with connections to the central wheatbelt. She works primarily in acrylic and gouache but is branching out into textiles and other forms of mixed media. Her work varies from portraits to endemic flora and fungi of Noongar/Bibbulmun country. She was a chosen participant of the 2017 National Indigenous Arts Leadership Program in Canberra, has had work displayed in the 2017 and 2018 FAC Revealed exhibitions, won the emerging artist category for Noongar Country 2018 and has undertaken a residency at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany during September of 2018.


Dee (Deanna) Mosca D-ranged

is primarily a painter and arts coordinator at Stirling Street Arts Centre. She works with acrylics and oils on drawn canvas, exploring the human condition through moody expressionist realism. Dee also works her portraits on a larger scale, creating murals around the South West and internationally, combined with bright colours and exciting patterns. When she isn’t painting or managing other arts projects and events, she dabbles in crafts including pottery, weaving, and macrame.

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy is the published author of over 50 books for children and teachers, including picture books, verse novels, historical fiction and more. An experienced teacher, and holder of a doctorate in creative writing, Sally loves to share the joy of writing with audiences of all ages.


Amber Norrish

Amber Norrish is an artist and arts worker currently based in Bunbury, WA. Amber graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. Her practice involves working with communities to deliver art programs that encourage participation, engagement and creativity. Amber was appointed as the Education and Public Programs Officer at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery in May, 2018.


Davida Palmer 

had a love affair with clay from the first moment of contact. So much so that that I find that it consumes most of my waking hours; whether it is working on my own pieces or being involved with other potters. I strive to make that extra special piece, setting myself almost impossible goals at times. There is nothing more rewarding than that moment when the pot emerges from the flames.


Eric Parkinson

Eric completed a Certificate IV in sculptural and throwing techniques with his love of working with clay driving his practice over the years. He has exhibited and sold works in various exhibitions in the region.

 Tanya Passmore 

Tanya started Mosaic Journey in 2011 while undertaking a community art project, the creation of a 2.5m entrance statement for a local Retreat. The move into re-purposing satellite dishes evolved from a desire to use these beautiful elliptical shapes and transform them into an item of beauty by using mosaic application. This process has expanded along with the size of the dishes and now includes items such as crockery, glass, jewelry and semi precious stones.
Tanya brings a wealth of creative experience to each mosaic piece and it’s in the process of making the mosaic that provides her with pleasure and absorption, as well as constantly perfecting her skills in the process. Tanya’s work is of an organic nature – a blending of found objects and treasures.

Sabine Pfuhl

Sabine began playing violin at the age of 13 and has been inspiring a love of music in countless beginners ever since. She is a member of the Philharmonic South West Orchestra and has dedicated much of her life to music. Sabine is also an award winning artist and author of a children’s book.


Sara Quail

Since coming to Perth 20 years ago, Sara has been passionately involved in textiles. While felting and working with wool is of special interest, she loves to experiment with mixing media, unusual fibres and materials, manipulation and dyeing techniques. She has exhibited in a number of places in WA since 2002 and has had articles pubished in fibre dedicated magazines including FELT and Down under Textiles. She teaches and demonstrates variety of textile related disciplines such as felting, shibori, dyeing etc in the Perth area and is a member of Feltwest, WAFTA and the 84 Contemporary Textile Group.

Laura Rosenhart

Laura has been working as a Speech Pathologist since 2000, and has been lucky enough to work across Regional Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria and the United Kingdom. She is passionate about providing family centred services across regional areas, and working closely with the community to ensure that all individuals have the ability to communicate their needs and thoughts.

Kate Shaw

With a BA in Design, Kate Shaw is a professional rubbish rummager, looking for the treasures others throw out and bringing them back to life as art. When she isn’t diving into a bin for new treasures, she also works across six council areas as a waste educator spreading waste messages to anyone who will listen, banishing the dirty view of waste through any means necessary.  


Hollie Strindberg (Building Actors Bunbury)

Hollie has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama as well as a Diploma of Education majoring in Drama. She has worked as a secondary drama teacher, Black Box Drama Program Coordinator and is the owner and creator of local company Building Actors Bunbury.


Helen Wheeler

Helen’s patchwork and quilting journey began in 2000 when a wall hanging in a patchwork shop window caught her attention. Having never been inside a patchwork shop before, she entered to take a closer look and make enquiries, and came out having signed up for a beginners patchwork course. She has since won numerous awards including winning the Bunbury International Quilt Challenge several times. Helen has exhibited throughout the South West and has a number of years experience in teaching her craft.


Leanne White

Leanne White grew up in the beautiful sea-side town of Albany. A very free range child, Leanne and her brothers roamed the bush or beach for hours. Wildlife encounters (feathered, furred or finned) were part of their common days play.

Later as a teacher, she moved to the far north of Western Australia, and lived on a little farm surrounded by bush. Here the wildlife was even more exciting with brighter colours and a cheekier nature. In fact, it seemed the wildlife did not understand how to stay in the bush.

Marie Wilkinson

Born a natural creative, Marie calls herself an intuitive artist. She has been creating from a young age across a broad range of art and craft.   Her painting passion in the form of sea sponge art began after a weekend workshop in 2010.  At last she could fulfil  her “unleashing of the paint” on the canvas just like the man who inspired her in the 80’s….Ken Done.  It took 25yrs for her to discover her painting niche.  It provides pleasure for herself and for the people who attend her workshops.