Originally trained as an industrial designer, I worked in design consultancies for 10 years before specialising in technical illustration. During this time I gained a solid background in mechanics and basic engineering, and developed a keen understanding of all aspects of design.
Since my early childhood I have had a passion for aeroplanes and a curiosity for how their design has evolved. Over the years I have been privileged to be able to share my enthusiasm by participating in the restoration of the Australian War Memorial’s DH9, contributing to historical aviation societies and illustrating various publications including over 55 books.
Wings Over New Zealand Aviation Podcast 128: Dave Homewood and James Kightly interview Juanita Franzi
Aviation and Cultures III Seminar: (2017) Presentation ‘Pullman of the Skies’
RAAF History and Heritage Publishing Symposium 2019: Breakout session ‘Making the Best Use of an Illustrator’
Aviation and Cultures V Seminar: (2021) Short presentation ‘Horrie Miller’s mysterious, magnificent machine!’
Australian Historical Society of Australia (AHSA)
Air-Britain (The International Association of Aviation Historians & Enthusiasts)
Australian Society of World War 1 Aero Historians
Australian Society of Aviation Artists