Daughter of Utopian artist May Lewis Pwerle, Vanessa was born in 1990 and grew up with a traditional aboriginal life at Utopia where she also attended Soapy Bore School learning English. Vanessa began painting approximately 5 years ago and paints alongside her older sisters Jilly, Dorrie, Loretta and Sandra Jones, her mother and extended family. They live in a vibrant community at Rocket Range, Utopia, that nurtures many enthusiastic and talented artists. Many of Vanessa’s paintings bear fine brush work designs that represent the flower and leaves of a Honey Grevillea plant that grows in her country.
Vanessa is an extremely talented young artist with a wonderful future ahead of her.