Raylene Miller

Skin: Wantaringuwi (Sun)
Country: Purumpanali
Dance: Yirrikapayi (Crocodile)
Dot Texture Short 2

I grew up in Milikapiti. I went to Kormilda College in Darwin and then moved back. I worked at the Milikapiti Primary School as a teachers assistant before I had my first child Mikey. At the same time I started painting at Jilamara. When I had my second child Markesia I stopped work for a while to  grow them up. Now they are both at school so I can spend more time at Jilamara.

My Grandfather Richard Miller was a traditional owner of Milikapiti. Alie Miller, my Great Grandfather was a painter and carver.

I am inspired by looking at his work in books and at the old peoples work in the Muluwurri  Museum.

My Grandmother Mary Moreen still works at Jilamara as an artist. She is a strong female leader in our community. She has taught me and my children a lot about our Tiwi culture.

I paint my Jilamara with pwoja. I also like to paint Japalinga (stars) in the Tiwi sky and my Mother’s dreaming, Jarrikalani (turtle).

I am learning how to be a textile screen printer at Jilamara. Its hard work but I love it.

Artworks by Raylene Miller

Japalinga - Painting - Raylene Miller




Raylene Miller

40 x 40cm, natural ochres on canvas
Japalinga - Painting - Raylene Miller




Raylene Miller

45 x 45cm, natural ochres on linen
Turtle (Jarrikarlani) - Painting - Raylene Miller

Turtle (Jarrikarlani)



Raylene Miller

28 x 23cm, natural ochre on board
Pwoja-Pukumani Body Paint Design - Painting - Raylene Miller

Pwoja-Pukumani Body Paint Design



Raylene Miller

80 x 30cm, natural ochres on linen
Jilamara Jukwarringa - Painting - Raylene Miller

Jilamara Jukwarringa



Raylene Miller

70 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas
Jilamara - Textiles - Raylene Miller




Raylene Miller

2m, hand screen printed fabric
japalinga - Painting - Raylene Miller




Raylene Miller

30 x 30cm, natural ochres on canvas