Judy is the eldest daughter to Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Kathleen Kemarre. Greeny was senior custodian for Alhalkere country. Judy and her sisters’ paintings are associated with this country. Judy paints Kame (Pencil Yam Seed Dreaming), Awelye (Women’s Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) Bush Tucker and Bush Scenes.
Judy was involved with the Utopia Batik movement and her work features in the Holmes á Court collection. Judy has featured in several group exhibitions since 1977, including shows at Utopia Art, Sydney; the Orange Regional Gallery; the Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia- A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Knoxville, Tennessee
2005 Yam Dreaming – Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T