Nancy Ross Nungarrayi has been painting since the early 1990’s. Initially assisting the men in painting their stories and she, along with other women from Kintore (Warluguru), began painting in their own right in the
early 1990’. Nancy Ross Nungurrayi began painting for Papunya Tula artists in 1997 and contributed to the painting of the the large womens painting commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW as a feature for the Papunya Tula Genisis and Genius exhibition in 2000.
Nancy’s sister, Naata Nungarrayi (C.1927) was also part of original group of Kintore women to paint.
Nancy painted women’s ceremony in relation to her birth place, north of the Kintore ranges, near Lake McKay, (Walatu).
Nancy Ross Nungurrayi uses a very thick application of paint in her work to highlight the conours of the landscape. She also uses vibrant colours reflective of the natural colours of the desert. Aspects of the landscape such as rock holes and tree’s are always featured in her work as they are important meeting places for the women in the area. Nancy Ross Nungurrayi often paints with her sisters and extended family around her as the sing the traditional song lines that go with their paintings. Many of the western desert women paint the same stories.