Elaine Woods


Elaine Woods was born in the bush at a rock hole close to the community of Docker River in the Western Desert in 1969. Her father, a man from Papulankutja (Blackstone) died when she was a small baby and her family moved to Irrunytju, where she spent her early years. Along with many other girls from the Ngaanyatjarra lands, Elaine went to school at Norseman Mission and later to Esperence where she attended high school. Today, Elaine lives in the small Aboriginal community of Kanpi with her acclaimed artist mother, Maringka Baker. Elaine has four daughters, all of whom are recognized painters in their own right.


Elaine paints the story of two women travelling (Minma Kutjara) across her country, in particular Elaine depicts the sand hills, the sites where the women camped, and where they moved from rock hole to rock hole.  As they camped and they ate various bush tucker to sustain them on their long journey.  Elaine’s artwork has been widely exhibited and collected.

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