Narelle was born in 1953 near Wanarn at a place in the bush where there are 2 rockholes together called Tjulurn and Mungakatu.  She grew up in the bush before moving to Warburton and attending the Warburton Mission primary school.  Narelle attended high school first at Norseman Mission and later at Esperance Mission School.  After her school education, Narelle worked in various places throughout Western Australia as a domestic worker and childcare worker. Eventually she moved to Papulankutja (Blackstone) and worked at the Woman’s Centre where she was responsible for catering and cooking.  Papulankutja Artists started at the Woman’s Centre where Narelle was working.  She got a job as an  Art’s Worker too.  This is where Narelle first started to paint (1993).

Narelle now lives in Mantamaru (Jameson) in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and works at the Woman’s Centre there.  She is also catering, cooking and working as an Art’s Worker assisting with the Papulankutja Artists outreach programme in Jameson.  Her painting style has grown and developed and she has now has a distinctive style which contains strong stories about country or dreaming stories.

She is married to Robert Woods and has 2 children.


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March 6, 2014