“I grew up in Darwin and then I stayed at Humpty Doo for three years and then moved to Kakadu, to my homeland Kapalga. I learnt how to paint from Rhonda (Henry), and my sister, Aileen.
I used to see her and watch her paint when I was a young teenager, then I started doing it. For the carving, I learnt from Sebastian Tipiloura, but he passed away now, I watched him and learned.
Me and Harold met here (Kakadu) in 1984 and we’ve been a couple ever since. We have six children. Harold and I were carving little birds, like old Sebastian used to do.
Then I said to Harold, ‘We should do something different’ and he said, ‘why don’t we do Cockatoo’s.’ So we both make the Cockatoo’s.”