Charlene Carrington was born in Perth but has lived most of her life in Warmun. When she was young, Charlene sat with the old people, watching them paint and learning the traditional methods. Her parents, Churchill Cann and Sade Carrington, are both established artists. Hector Jandany and Beebee Mungnari, her grandfathers, are also established Warmun artists, and her grandmother, Betty Carrington, is an established artist and partner of renowned Warmun painter Patrick Mung Mung.
At high school Charlene was inspired to paint by Hector Jandany and Queenie McKenzie who came to Warmun School to teach the children Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories and traditional painting methods. She is the only young person at Warmun Art who has used natural binders, garliwan, and other natural pigments such as crushed leaf extracts to bind the ochres to canvas. This method was used by Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and Hector Jandany, before acrylic binders were made available.
Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre