Emily Pwerleʼs country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. She is in her late 90ʼs, possibly born in 1922 (no records exist) and lives in Irrultja, a tiny settlement in Utopia of about 100 people. She has had little exposure to western culture and only picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2004 when she started painting with her sister, the late Minnie Pwerle,
Emily Pwerleʼs extended family are all artists: Barbara Weir, Aileen and Betty Mpetyane. She started painting professionally with her sisters Galya and Molly in collaboration with Minnie Pwerle. The sisters had an instant response to applying paint onto canvas, developing expressions of their dreamings that have been passed down from generation to generation.