Kathleen Paddoon

As a young child, Kathleen Paddoon walked with her mother, father, brother and uncle around the country, south of Yakka Yakka. The group travelled to Mangkayi, her father’s country, Nantalarra and Nakarra Nakarra, her mother’s country, and Gordon Downs Station where they would get rations of tea, sugar, flour and tobacco.

When Kathleen was still a young girl, her family moved to Sturt Creek. It was there that she met her husband, Paddy Paddoon, who was in the stock camp. They had two daughters before moving to the old Balgo mission where Kathleen gave birth to her third daughter. The children were placed in dormitories and Kathleen worked in the kitchen and the garden. On weekends and holidays the family would attempt to travel back to Sturt Creek. Kathleen's last child, a boy, was born at Sturt Creek.    

Kathleen commenced painting in the late 1980s. In 2002 she began to emerge as a significant artist gaining recognition for her predominately red and white paintings of Nakarra Nakarra (Seven Sisters' Dreaming) and the country associated with this Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) story. She is a senior lawwoman and a custodian of the Nakarra Nakarra songs and ceremonies. Kathleen had her first solo exhibition in 2004.

Courtesy of Warlayirti Artists

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