Michelle Woody

Skin: Miyartuwi (Pandanus)
Country: Pupatuwu
Dance: Kapala (Sailing Boat)
Dot Texture Short 2

Michelle is Jilamara’s part-time gallery assistant, mother to three daughters and board member of ANKA (the peak body for Art Centres in the top end). She is an executive committee member of Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association and was president in 2017 and 2018.

Michelle moved from Pirlangimpi to Milikapiti in the 1980’s. She attended high school at St John’s in Darwin and Slade in Brisbane. She has worked in counselling support for Indigenous Health, Relationships Australia, the Red Cross and Menzies Health before joining Jilamara. 

She started painting at Jilamara with her partner Nicholas Mario in 2012, whilst raising three young girls.   

Michelle paints on canvas and paper and has made limited edition prints.

Her works are based on the stories of Japarra the moon man and Japalinga the stars, bush food and hunting. She is slowly developing her own Jilamara designs to share these stories in new ways. She likes to paint Tiwi bush medicine and winga (the sea) surrounding Milikapiti.

Artworks by Michelle Woody

Jilamara - Painting - Michelle Woody




Michelle Woody

30 x 80cm natural ochre on canvas
Kwarikwaringa - Butterfly - Print - Michelle Woody

Kwarikwaringa – Butterfly



Michelle Woody

76 x 56cm, linocut hand coloured with ochres
Wantaringuwi (Sun) - Print - Michelle Woody

Wantaringuwi (Sun)



Michelle Woody

30 x 20cm (image), 56 x 38cm (paper), screenprint
Jilamara - Painting - Michelle Woody




Michelle Woody

150 x 75 cm, ochre on canvas
Jilamara - Painting - Michelle Woody




Michelle Woody

80 x 30cm, natural ochre on canvas
Jilamara - Textiles - Michelle Woody




Michelle Woody

2m, hand screen printed fabric
Yirrikipayi (Crocodile) - Painting - Michelle Woody

Yirrikipayi (Crocodile)



Michelle Woody

150 x 120cm, natural ochres on canvas
winga wama - Painting - Michelle Woody

winga wama



Michelle Woody

120 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas