Elizabeth Mpetyane

Born: c. 1980

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

Elizabeth began painting in 2006. Her works represent the Dreamtime story of Ahakeye (bush plum) which is found in the desert. Elizabeth's father is Motorbike Paddy who also paints the Ahakeye. Not speaking much English, Elizabeth was encouraged to take up painting by her female family members including her mother, renowned artist Kathleen Ngale and Angelina Ngale and Polly Ngale her aunts. Elizabeth resides in the Utopia Region and still participates in traditional ways of life and ceremonies to promote the Dreamtime of bush plum.