Mary Umagari Teresa Tailor Wyndham, WA Australia, b. 1939

"The Berkley River area is my husband's country. We go here for camping out and fishing. Along the river there are large stones and rocks with trees growing out of them. When we have a "bogey" (shower) we lie down on the flat rocks to dry off."

Mary was born in Wyndham and grew up in Oombulgurri (Forrest River). She learned painting from the old people by watching their ground paintings and painted for the first time in 2009.


Mary moved to Kalumburu in 2005 to be with two of her seven children. Mary is one of the Traditional Owners for the Balingarra land claim, determined in August 2013. She paints her mother's country Jinangi (Camera Pool on the Forrest River - north-west of Wyndham) and also the country of her husband.


At the very beginning of her career she was selected for the 27th NATSIAA at the Museum and Gallery of Northern Territory. Since 2010 she has been exhibited in gallery group shows, prominently featured at the Kira Kiro art centre stall at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, selected for the 2012 TAFE Central Gallery Revealed Exhibition of Emerging Indigenous Artists from WA, a finalist in the Port Hedland Art Award, and has had an artwork purchased by the Artbank Australia collection.