The natural world has been the major source of inspiration for Myra Staffa throughout her life.  From the minute details to the vast expanses of land and sea, her work has been informed by a response to the environment. Myra is also interested in the human connection to, and her placement in the land and seascape.

Myra states, “travelling to other destinations provides inspiration as well as a perspective of your own country. I immerse myself in a particular landscape to feel the essence of that place by collating objects, drawings and photographs to record information on location that will later be developed in my studio.  My creativity has moved between ceramics, glass and painting, in a constant creative cycle.”

Myra has a strong history with the arts and education. Between 1970 and 1972, Myra attended the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) where she completed an Associateship in a Fine Arts Painting Major. In 1973 she received a Diploma of Education from the Secondary Teachers College in Nedlands.

Since 1974, Myra has been actively involved in the delivery and development of art education in Western Australia. In 1976 she attended the Western Australian Institute of Technology Abroad study tour of Southern Europe and the UK, where she studied at major galleries and museums in Greece, Italy, France and England.  

She was an executive and member of the Art Education Association between 1978 and 1991, a TEE examiner and a member of The Curriculum Council Subject review panel.

Between 1988 and 1991, Myra completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Ceramics Major.