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Heather Long Pitjara

"Bush Medicine Leaves" by Heather Long Pitjara


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  • Acrylic on canvas
  • size 200cm x 130cm

Heather Long Pitjara was born in 1990 in the Utopia region of the Northern Territory. Utopia is an Indigenous community located approximately 300km north east of Alice Springs. She is the daughter of highly acclaimed artist, Jeannie Petyarre, from which she learnt to paint her family’s totemic Dreaming story: The Bush Yam. 

Learning the stories of Bush Yam Dreaming from her mother and aunts, Heather uses vibrant colour and beautiful flow to create her story of the Bush Yam.  

Under the guidance of her mother and many other prominent related artists from her extended Pitjara family, Heather is now beginning to grow her own reputation and individual style. Whilst her mother’s art mainly focuses on the Bush Medicine Leaves, Heather’s main topic is “Bush Yam Dreaming”. In addition to painting, Heather can also be found as a teacher at her local community school of Utopia.