Dolly was born in 1948 and has three siblings; Jeannie Pitjara, Evelyn Pultara and Greeny Purvis. All siblings are well known and talented artists in their own right. Sadly, Greeny passed away in 2010.
Dolly’s works feature numerous Dreaming such as Awelye (Women’s ceremony and body paint design), Bush Flowers and Wild Tobacco; however the most prominent subjects of her works are the Bush Yam and Emu and the strong relationship between the two.
The Yam is a principal food source for Aboriginal people and is collected by the women of Utopia It is usually located close to water holes or underground water systems and in woodland areas. The Emu is featured as it roams the countryside in search of food and the women will often follow its tracks.
Dolly uses intricate patterning and subtle colouring in her works, utilizing delicate colours such as purple, pink, and orange in pastel tones. The overall optical affect generates a soft appearance to her works. Her fine dotting almost blends in with its surroundings so that there does not appear to be any dotting at all.