Mary was born in approx 1953. She comes from a bush camp SW of Yuendumu in Central Australia. She is a Warlpiri woman. As a young girl she lived a very traditional lifestyle, learning all the skills needed for survival in this harsh area. She learnt all about gathering bush tucker, bush medicine and the Dreamtime stories of her country.
The family was relocated to Yuendumu Community, an Aboriginal Settlement approx. 3 hours from Alice Springs. She “grew up” at Yuendumu and met her first husband there. They relocated to Mount Liebig and later to Nyirripi Community.
Later she started painting for the art centre in Yuendumu. She uses traditional iconography and an unrestricted palette to interpret her Dreamtime stories.