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Jeannie Pitjara (Petyarre) was born in around 1951 in the famous Aboriginal artist community of Utopia (350km north east of Alice Springs) in the Northern Territory.

Utopia has a thriving artist community and is the birthplace of many celebrated artists, including Jeannie’s aunt Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Jeannie sister’s include the famous artists Gloria, Kathleen, Rosemary and Ada Bird Petyarre.

Jeannie paints “Bush Leaves” representing the leaves of a native plant, said to have remarkable medicinal qualities. Jeannie uses a technique of beautifully flowing stokes in bright colours, which really seem to “pop” right off the canvas.