Denise Sampi is from Warmun. Through her mother, she is one of the traditional custodians of the Gidja Country and, through her father, she is of the Worla tribe from the Gibb River area. Denise grew up in Wyndham with her grandmother and grandfather who would often take her fishing and hunting. In her late teens she went to Derby where she lived for a while and spent some time with her father. After she gave birth to her two children, a girl and a boy, she returned to Warmun and spent time with her mother’s side of the family.
It was in Warmun where Denise learned to paint from her grandmother, Peggy Patrick, who is a teacher, lawwoman and very well-known artist. Peggy taught Denise everything about her country. Denise proudly paints her mother's, father's and grandmother's country. She paints in natural ochre.
Courtesy of Yarliyil Art Centre