Mona started painting with Tjurma Arts and Crafts back in 1998. After a long break she returned to painting at Tjala Arts in mid 2003. Mona’s husband, Michael Mitakiki also painted briefly at the art centre. After the passing of her husband in 2005 Mona changed her name from Mitakiki to Shepherd for cultural reasons – Pitjantjatjara people are not allowed to see or hear the name of the deceased.
Mona also paints beautiful collaborative paintings with Naomi Kanjturiny and Tjimpayi Presley. The ladies were taught to paint by senior artist Kunmanara Katie Kawiny. She has passed away now but the younger women and their grand-daughters carry her story on for future generations.