SHORT BIO by the ARTIST
My name is Janet Milera. I am a Narungga, Kaurna & Adnyamathanha woman from Point Pearce. I was born in Maitland and grew up in Point Pearce with my family.
I’m a 6th generation member of the Milera – Sansbury – Wanganeen Family. As footie fan you know at least two names of my cousins: Gavin Wanganeen and Adam Goodes.
I started painting about 15 years ago, attended a visual arts course at Para West Adult Campus studying watercolour and acrylic as well as portraits and still life drawings.
Before I changed to SA Health where I’m case manager for Aboriginal homeless children I worked from 2011–2014 SA Education Department with Pooraka & Prospect Primary School running Aboriginal Art Programs for young Aboriginal students aimed at maintaining their connections with their culture and cultural identities.
My mother and father (James Lush and Greta Milera) are both from Point Pearce. My father is an Aboriginal Elder of Point Pearce & Adnyamathanha.
My mother’s family are from Point Pearce through to Adelaide region. My father’s family are from Point Pearce and the Flinders Ranges region, from Blinman, Nepabunna way through to Point Pearce.
My grandparents are: Rhoda Sansbury and Cyril Milera and my great grandmother is Jessie Johnson (also great grandmother of the former Sydney Swans footy player Adam Goodes).
Growing up as a child my father would always took my siblings and myself out on the land to teach us how to hunt for food, where to look for food, and to look after the land because that’s where our ancestors had lived.
My inspiration for the artwork I create has been influenced by my family as well as the knowledge and insight that my father taught me as a child, it has also influenced my connection to the land and his dreamtime stories.
My passion is Aboriginal art paintings and acrylic is my preferred medium. I love painting a wide variety of Aboriginal animals and dot paintings.
I create artworks which conveys great affection for my connection with my ancestors.
Thank you to all speakers launching my exhibitions, to all visitors of my exhibitions and a special thanks to the investors in my artworks!
I’m proud to announce that the launch of my first solo-exhibition on Saturday 1st April 2017 at ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide, Shop 3/ 70 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015 has been a big success.
Sue, my agent and owner of ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide, entered my exhibition centrepiece -which was unveiled by HON Dr Susan Close MP after her launch speech- in an International on-line exhibition and I’m very proud that this life-seize artwork “Emu Dreaming” where I spend more then 2,000 working hours in for the installation of the emu feathers and which is due to represent Australia worldwide and won an Special Recognition Award for Exceptional Art.
A little secret about me
I enjoy the artistic side of myself when baking and making cakes especially 3D cakes which I’ve been for around three years. If you like to see some of my sweet treats they are on my Facebook page called JaYz CupCakes: https://www.facebook.com/JaYzCupCakes/