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Rosabella Long Petyarre

"Arnkerrthe" by Rosabella Long Petyarre


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Size: 90 x 90 cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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Rosabella is the daughter of artist Marcia Turner and a younger sister to Sacha. Rosabella and Sacha both paint the Dreamtime story of the Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) which has been passed down from their father’s country, Atnangkere. Arnkerrthe traveled over Rosabela's land creating all of the people, sacred sites, songs, and other Dreamtime stories. In its neck, it holds a sac of ochre that Sacha and her people use for ceremonies.

Although this story is passed down to her by her father, her painting style is influenced by her mother and also her extended family which includes the likes of artists Jennifer, Judy, Maureen, and Jedda Purvis who all painted in an array of beautiful, bold colors and soft brushstrokes.

Another popular subject is known to Rosa and her sister is wildflowers that bloom across the desert floor, which they depict with beauty and precision.

Rosabella continues to live out in the Utopia region with her extended family.