Minnie Pwerle lived with her children near Arlparra store at Utopia. She began painting in late 1999, at the age of 80, and continued to paint remarkable works of art until her passing in 2006.
Minnie's paintings include two main design themes. The first is free-flowing and parallel lines in a pendulous outline, depicting awelye, the body painting designs used in women's ceremonies. The second theme involves circular shapes, used to symbolise the bush melon, among a number of forms of bush food represented in her works.
Regarded as one of Australia's leading contemporary female artists, Minnie is represented in all major state galleries of Australia, as well as in many other institutions and private collections worldwide. Art Collector Magazine named her as "one of Australia's top 50 most collectible artists".