Peta Tranquille is an artist that is not easily definable. Mostly self taught, Peta has been drawing and painting her whole life. With over 30 years of Cartographic experience, Peta’s passion lies with Maps and in particular aerial views of the Earth from above.

Born in Perth and moving to the WA wheatbelt at a young age, Peta was raised on a farm, exposing her to rural and city ways of life. Her studies lead to a career in map-making before the digital age and reliance on computers, therefore her work is distinctly precise. To read more about her Cartographic Career click here.

Born an artist and it shows. Her pieces reflect her experience and passion for maps and geography. She creates with precision, showcasing her appreciation for maps, cityscapes and geographical interpretations. Fluid creativity and mathematical structure are combined seamlessly as she marries abstract and realistic form.

The family moved to Melbourne in 2013 and since then Peta has exhibited in multiple group shows as well as three solo exhibitions.

Since moving to Melbourne Peta has founded MAVA Inc. (Melbourne and Victorian Artists Inc.) She not only has the responsibility of the President but also the website management and social media accounts. 

Her signature utilises her middle name and initial of her first and maiden names. 

#plouiseg (A hashtag Peta derived and has used on social media since 2013)

The Artist

"Peta your art work is amazing! Thanks to you, my living room wall is no longer bare, it brings colour and life into our little apartment! Would highly recommend you to any and everyone who is looking for an artist!" - Bianca

Pencil and notepad




Derived by her given name names.

"Peta Louise Gardner"

Peta’s signature utilises her middle name and initial of her first and maiden names.


Hand Drawing



You Are Here - International Online Exhibition

STRUCTURE - in.cube8r, 321 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Truth To Be Known - MAVA Exhibition - In.cube8r, Prahran
Passage of Time - MAVA Exhibition - AGRA Gallery, Camberwell
Stockland International Women's Day - Pines Shopping Centre, Doncaster East
smART – Track Gallery, Mount Waverley
Frida - Mream Studios - Maidstone
A4 Art Australia - Herring Island 



Manifest - MAVA Exhibition - 345AC Gallery, Mont Albert
Linden New Art Postcard Show - St Kilda
SMALL - Group Exhibition - Forty Five Downstairs
VCA Short Courses Exhibition - Artspace VCA, Southbank
VAS Portrait - Melbourne
Vitroform – Lord Coconut, Melbourne
Walk In The Park – Manningham Gallery
Urban Tropes – Solo Exhibition – Art at St Francis, Melbourne
Well Red - Mream Studios - Maidstone
Two Cents Worth – No Vacancy Gallery
Red Hill Art Show
Canterbury Art Show
Nostalgia - In.cube8r Gallery, Fitzroy
Yarra Glen Art Show
smART – Track Gallery, Mount Waverley
Square-Circle? - Black Cat Gallery, Collingwood



Linden New Art Postcard Show – St Kilda
SMALL – Fortyfive Downstairs - Melbourne
Works on Paper – Orange, NSW

Not To Scale: Mapping Memories in Colour - Solo Exhibition - The Stockroom - Ringwood

Although satisfied with having found “my thing”, I have explored my childhood emotions and personal experiences within this new collection. The works represent my past memories with a cartographic fusion. It explores depth, shadow and how aphantasia has affected my inability to visualise my ideas and my limited recollection of my childhood and past. Follow me on social media to see some of my process leading up to Opening Night.



c ART ographic -Solo Exhibition - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

My first solo exhibition and a very different direction to my 2016 collection. The exhibition was at The Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy. The collection was inspired by my Cartographic career of nearly 30 years. The map making processes of today, I believe, have lost the romance and hand skills that were once required. All maps, regardless of era, are thoroughly researched, follow rules of placement, colour and size, precision and mathematics. Using my Cartographic knowledge I created a collection that presented a fresh perspective on mapping. The collection includes atlas decoupage, hand written song names, road network designs, mapping related colours and technical precision. 



Pop Art - Group Exhibition - ArtBoy Gallery - Prahran

This was my first time exhibiting and it was a group exhibition at ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran.
The pieces were either collage or mixed media on canvas and the subjects were all iconic people.


Tyler, my son, showing his support at my 2017 Solo Exhibition

My Dad, and my biggest fan, pointing out my work at The Linden New Art Postcard Show in 2018


Awards and prizes


Finalist - Biblio Art Prize

Peoples Choice Award Winner - Southern Buoy Studios Landscape Prize

Finalist - Southern Buoy Studios Landscape Prize

Finalist - Art Lovers Prize



Nov 2005-Feb 2016

Self Employed


Duties Include;

All work associated with the Lands Department and Department of Planning in Western Australia

  • Preparation of Deposited Plans, Survey Strata and Strata Plans 

  • Preparation of Surveys Sheets

  • Creation of CSD files, including more complex types

  • Preparation of Site, Feature, Contour and Regional Development Plans

  • E-lodgement preparation and lodgement

  • Legal Plan Audit

  • Preparation of Gross Net Lettable and other miscellaneous Plans

  • Maintenance of business network and IT

  • Website development and updates

  • Custom Art



Apr 2004–Oct 2005

McMullen Nolan & Partners Surveyors WA

Cartographic/Computing Team Cartographer/Graphic Designer


Duties Included;

  • Preparation of Sales Plans for Real Estate companies

  • Updating and maintaining the Satterley Web Page

  • Updating 3D terrain models of estate area

  • Creating furnishings such as trees for 3D Terrain models and adhering to base

  • Designing logos and layout of sales plans and other miscellaneous plans

  • Assisting with satellite imagery projects

  • Creating sales plan overall bases from engineering and other service plans

  • Providing Microstation and technical support to my team, and others, as required

  • Printing and collating sales plans for clients

Apr 1998-Mar 2004

Department of Land Information Statutory Services

Senior Cartographic Officer


Duties Included;

  • Preparation of Deposited Plans for Pastoral Leases and Easements.

  • Preparation of DP’s for Townsites, Port Authorities, Marine Parks and State Forests

  • Auditing of Crown DP’s containing unsurveyed information

  • Writing of technical descriptions for Local Authorities, Town- sites and Port Authorities

  • Major involvement with Pastoral Exclusion Project for the Minister.

  • Solving complex mathematical closes

  • Providing Microstation, CSD and other technical support to my team, and others, as required

  • Preparation of Concept Plans

  • Thorough investigative research and testing for E-Lodgement, in- cluding onsite evaluation and support forthe Survey Industry

  • Searching and collation of survey information from DLI databases

  • Manual drafting amendments and colour washes, when required.

  • Preparation of Certified Plans to be presented as evidence in court

  • Supervision and support for less experienced staff members

  • Preparation of 3 dimensional easement plans for Forrest Place




Department of Land Information Freehold Plan Registration Senior SurveyExaminer


Duties Included;

  • Full Audits of Freehold surveys, including preparation of alignment sketches and field book examination

  • Major role in assisting the survey industry with introduction of CSD files

  • Performing complex mathematical closes including easement sketches

  • Resolution of mathematical closes that were not within allowable limits

  • Manual drafting amendments and colour wash applications

  • Investigative searching of DLI resources for required survey information



Department of Land Information Cartographic Services CartographicDraftsperson


Duties Included;

  • Preparing and maintaining Public Plans, involving manual drafting and extensive colour washes

  • Updating and maintaining DLI’s Spatial Cadastral Database

  • Assisting in the Pastoral Ranglelands Project