Dolly Snell was born at the sacred site of Kurtal (Helena Springs), a place of living water in the Great Sandy Desert. Her Aboriginal name is Jukuja. As a young girl she left the desert and spent time on Bohemia Downs and Christmas Creek Stations.
Snell first exhibited work in Karrayili at Tandanya, Adelaide, 1991. She was also represented in Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, 1993; and This is my country, a Mangkaja Arts group exhibition held at Artspace, Claremont for the 1994 Festival of Perth.
She lives in Fitzroy Crossing and is a leader of Wangkajunga women's ceremonial law. Her husband Spider Snell won the best painting in new media section of the 21st Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin in 2004.