Melissa Donegan was born at Warburton Ranges in 1969 and is the oldest daughter of renowned painter Jimmy Donegan. She went to school at Amata and moved back to Pipalyatjara and Kalka in the homeland movement of the late 1970's. As she was growing up she moved between Wingellina, Pipalyatjara and Amata. She started painting in Blackstone and it was there where she worked with her sister and mother on the Tjanpi Toyota that won the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2005. She lives in Kalka with her family and is an arts worker at the art centre.
Melissa paints designs associated with the Wati Kutjara and Seven Sisters stories.
Examples of Artist's Work
Minyma Tjukurpa 2011 109 x 87cm acrylic on linen
Seven Sisters Story 2011 91 x 61cm acrylic on linen