Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) was born in 1957 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia in Central Australia.
In the early 1980’s Jeannie was living at Boundary Bore Outstation with her husband Henry Long -Kemarre and their six children, Jeannie was introduced to the art of Batik. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family’s Yam Dreaming. In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book “Utopia - A Picture Story”.
All of Jeannie’s Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father’s side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf, Yam Flower Dreamings, body paint, and My Country Dreamings. Jeannie’s tribal name is “Angiltha” which means little lizard.