Born: c. 1967
Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Kurrajong Bore, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Atwakeye (Bush Orange)
Janie has been painting over 10 years. Her main story is bush orange that is originally her fathers dreaming. She uses fine dots to represent the seeds of the bush orange. The first Janies painting for Mbantua Gallery was done in November 2017. Her sisters, Katie and Pauline Morgan are also painters. Janie is a very shy woman and loves painting.
|2012||Finalist - City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmania|
Janie paints Merne Atwakeye, known as the bush orange (Capparis mitchellii). Merne means food in Janie's language and atwakeye is the orange. The small compact tree of the wild orange plant is about 3½ m high with dark green leathery leaves. Its creamy white flowers open during the night and wither before the end of the next day. The fruit hang down on long stalks, turning a yellow green tint when ripe. The oranges usually ripen from October through January depending on seasonal conditions.