Louise Numina is one of six well known desert artists, the Numina Sisters. She has three brothers. Her dear father has passed on and her mum still paints from time to time.
Louise went to primary school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek. She later studied at Yirarra College in Alice Springs. Like her sisters and mother, she comes from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement. After high school, Louise returned to Stirling Station where she worked with the Community Development Program.
She started painting in 1981 after being taught by her aunties, Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre, who are renowned artists in Alice Springs. Louise has lived in Darwin since 1995 when she began studying at Nungalinya College, where she achieved a diploma in Fine Arts. Louise’s works have featured in exhibitions in Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane. Her work has been collected for more than 20 years. Louise has three young children.
The Numina sisters travel regularly back home to visit their relatives and country. The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming knowledge story is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters.
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