Leeann Kelly-Pedersen

BORN: Carnarvon

LANGUAGE GROUP: Nhanda & Wajarri

LIVES: Geraldton

Leeann was a Senior Language Worker at the Bundiyarra Irra Wangga Language Centre and is also a registered Language Teacher on the WA Teacher’s Registration Board to teach the Wajarri Language. Currently an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker for the WA Country Health Service

Leeann was born in Carnarvon WA and lived most of her life between Carnarvon and Mullewa during her childhood. Leeann had an early interest in Art as it was always her favourite subject at school.

Leeann finds a lot of inspiration from her mother Dawn Hamlett. And also from places and things she has experienced or seen during her life journey.

In 2003 Leeann enrolled in a TAFE Course in Geraldton and completed Cert III in Visual Arts and Technology which she won the Student of the Year award. Some of the Artworks in the course were Jewellery making, Ceramics, Still life drawings, Design, Tie dying, Batik, Charcoal drawings, Painting, Sketching, Mosaics & Silk scarves.

Leeann has done lots of artwork at home and has sold some of them in the Yamaji Art exhibitions and some sold at markets and private sales but is now happy to continue doing some more work for Yamaji Art.

Leeann has also illustrated a book and created and designed topical themed posters for the Wajarri, Badimaya and Nhanda Languages for Bundiyarra Irra Wangga Language Centre. Leeann designed the animals on the cover for the Wajarri App. She has also created children’s storybooks and other resources in the Wajarri Language to teach Kindy children as part of her Language Teacher training .

Leeann was always the primary artist to create Animal Door designs for every classroom at Beachlands Primary School a local public school here in Geraldton, Western Australia