Marleene Nakamarra Morton is an Armatyerre/Walpiri woman, born on the 5 March, 1973, in Ti-Tree (Ilperl Anyent), a small town in the Northern Territory along the Stuart Highway, 193 km north of Alice Springs. Both of her parents are deceased. She has two sisters and one brother who still live in Ti-Tree. She went to the local school before going to Alice Springs to attend Yirara College, a boarding school for Indigenous students from remote communities in the Northern Territory. After leaving school Marleene returned to Tii-Tree, “…looking around countryside, staying with family and learning about country.” In Alice Springs, she met her future husband Simon Jampijinpa Brown. They have two girls and two boys and one grand-daughter. They currently live in Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community approximately 420 km north west of Alice Springs.
She began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi, in 2015. She paints her Grandmother’s Karnta Jukurrpa, (Womens Dreaming) in particular stories about Bush Medicine. These stories were passed down to her by her parents and their parents before them for millennia. “I find painting very relaxing and I enjoy using colour and pattern when painting my grandmother’s Jukurrpa.” She uses colour and patterns which she creatively combines to blend traditional motifs with her own ideas of modern design to depict her grandmother’s country.
When she is not working, or painting she collects seeds to make earrings.