Janet Dreamer

“My country stays in my dreams, I dream about my home and I don't forget about my country.” Janet Dreamer

Janet was born at Old Flora Station on the 1st of February 1959. Her parents were both of the Jaru people, Janet had four brothers and one younger sister. They grew up at the station and as kids they would go hunting and fishing with the old people. They learnt ways of the traditional life, the ways their ancestors lived. Janet then moved to the new station and worked in the kitchen for the station managers. She later went to Kirkimbie Station and that's where she had her two children. She then moved to Billiluna Station and lived there for a while. She lived between Halls Creek, Kununurra and Billiluna, but she is still a Halls Creek girl.

Janet started painting when she was around 16yrs old after watching her father paint. Her subject matter includes stories, country and culture that she learnt from her old people. She credits getting her ideas from the time she was in the bush, and thinks about that time when she’s painting.

Courtesy of Yarliyil Art Centre

Language Group
Jaru
Date of Birth
February 1st 1959