This is Josonia Palaitis

By Gwylym Owen

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Josonia Palaitis is an Australian player living in Sydney, Australia. She won the 1994 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize subsequent to a portrait of her daddy artist John Mills. In 1995 she won the Archibald Prize People’s Choice award with a portrait of Bill Leak (artist and cartoonist for the Australian Newspaper).

The National Portrait Gallery commissioned her in 2000 to paint its first portrait of an Australian Prime Minister to swell their spouse, a portrait of John Howard and his wife Janette. In 2002 she was commissioned to paint the Childers Memorial Portrait which depicts the fifteen youngster backpackers who died in a hostel flame in Childers, Queensland in 2000.

Her portrait Patrick Dodson, Yawuru Man, (of chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, Pat Dodson), was a finalist in the 1998 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and is in the growth of the National Library of Australia. Other prominent people she has painted include:

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