Loretta depicts the leaves and flowers of bush honey grevillea (tharrkarr). This is an important plant in the eastern desert and revered by the women in this area because of the sweet honey found in its flowers. The honey is usually sucked straight from the flower, or the flowers can be steeped in water to make a sweet drink.
Loretta Petyarre Jones lives at Soapy Bore (Arawerr) in the Utopia (Urapuntja) Region, north east of Alice Springs. Taught by her mother and aunties, she paints her dreamings – stories passed on down through the generations in her family. Her primary subjects are Bush Honey Leaves, Bush Honey Grevillea and earthworm.
She paints together with her sisters – the artists Sandra, Rhonda, Agnes and Jilly.