Born circa 1969 in the Haasts Bluff region, located 227 kilometres west of Alice Springs between Papunya and the MacDonnell Ranges, Debra is married to Rodney Tjakamara the son of Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and is the daughter of the great Shorty Lungkatja, one of the greatest artists and founders of the Papunya Tula Arts Co-operative in 1972. The stories that Deborah paints tell of the secret ceremonial sites located near the Aboriginal community of Kintore, near Western Australia/Northern Territory border. Debra primarily paints the Goanna Love Story and Two Women. Debra often incorporates bold design, strong form and blocks of colour. Debra is a diverse artist but her style is immediately identifiable.