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 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.
From 2011–2014 I worked with Pooraka & Prospect Primary School running Aboriginal Art Programs for young Aboriginal students aimed at maintaining their connections with their culture and cultural identities.
I have been making cakes for over 2 years. I enjoy the artistic side of myself when baking and making cakes especially 3D cakes, I have a Facebook page called JaYz CupCakes: https://www.facebook.com/JaYzCupCakes/
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.
My first solo-exhibition:
I’m proud to announce the launch of my first solo-exhibition on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 1.30pm at ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide, Shop 3/ 70 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015 and look forward to welcome you and answer your questions to my works.