Born in the Atnwengerrp region in the Northern Territory, Jeannie Mills Pwerle is an Alyawarre woman and an
established Utopian artist. Many members of her family are also well known artists. Her mother is the acclaimed artist Dolly Mills and her uncle was Greeny Purvis Petyarre (late), a well respected elder in her community.
Jeannie predominantly depicts the Bush Yam dreaming from her father’s country of Irrwelty in Utopia. Thick
segments in bright and varied colours represent the flowers and root of the yam, while precise and detailed
dotwork usually in white between the segments represents the yam seeds.
Jeannie’s artwork was selected to exhibit in the 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight
Islander Art Award in 2008, a prestigious award that introduced Jeannie Mills Pwerle to an international audience.