Jill Kelly Kemarre was born in 1959, an Alyawarr woman; she also speaks Eastern Arrernte and English. Her father’s county is Irrwelty located on Alyawarr land north of the Utopia region of Central Australia. She currently lives with her husband and family at Irrerlirri Outstation in the Arltarlpilta region, 250kms north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range.
Jill has been painting for about fifteen years. Over these years she has worked for Delmore Downs Station and the art centre in Amperlatwaty – north of the Utopia Region. Jill also painted at the community art centre in Atitjere. In 2001 and 2002 her work was exhibited with DesArt in Sydney and Melbourne.
Her paintings represent elements associated with the stories from her traditional country. They include; Arnwekety – Conkerberry, Lyaw Ntange – Seeds from the Munyeroo herb and Awely – woman’s ceremony. Jill also paints landscapes applying intricate patterns of tiny dots.