Betty Carrington was born east of Warmun on Texas Downs Station. Her father was a police tracker and Betty grew up at the old Turkey Creek Post Office and Police Station, an iconic community building now occupied by Warmun Art Centre. When the police station closed, Betty and her family moved back to Texas Downs.
Betty began painting in 1998 when Warmun Art Centre was established. Her work focuses on her country as well as showing strong and painful stories of historical events. Recurring subjects of Betty’s paintings include the hills of Darrajayin, Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) sites and narratives from Ngarrgooroon, her mother’s country. Betty also uses her painting to mark historical events such as the Mistake Creek Massacre and the Warmun gymkhana, where Aboriginal people working on Texas were first introduced to alcohol. A sensitive colourist, Betty’s mixing of natural ochre and pigments yields a rich palette of pinks, mauves, greens, blues and yellows.
Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre