Beverley Egan was born in Mullewa on the 21 August 1961. Beverley is a Yamatji woman and speaks the Wadjarri language. She maintains very strong links with her country and traditional culture in the Murchison/Gascoyne Region and regularly returns for family events. Her cousin is Betty Egan and her niece is Loretta Egan, both well-known artists.
Beverley has lived most of her life in Perth with her husband (who is also Yamatji) and her two sons. She began painting five years ago when she was taught by her niece Loretta and has also worked with Bundi Arts, working with ceramic art.
A well-respected artist, Beverley paints women’s stories and stories from her family’s country in the Murchison area. Her work is held in many private collections. Currently she is painting with acrylic on canvas for several different galleries.
About the artwork
This painting depicts women (represented by the “U” shapes) coming together at a traditional meeting place. They have at their sides traditional tools for collecting Bush Tucker (in this case, Bush Potato). From the centre stretches the roots of a bush plant, representing the strong links that the two people have with their family members. Strong connections between tribes and families ensure a happy healthy life for people living in the desert, and everywhere.