Year 1 students from West Lakes Shore School have created collages of native Australian birds inspired by Walmajarri elder and artist Nyangulya Katie Nalgood.

Nalgood has always enjoyed painting, but it was her late husband, Mr Nyaparu (William) Gardiner, also an artist, who introduced her to Spinifex Hill Studio in South Hedland. This is where she started painting birds and has done so ever since.

Nyangulya Katie Nalgood has a deep connection to birds. Rather than relying on clocks, her days align with nature and the sounds of birds, not alarms. When she was a school student, Nalgood painted pictures of houses, trees, and animals, now she paints birds. When she started painting birds Nalgood worked with her children, who would help her draw the birds and give her advice. These days she works on her own, painting birds from her Country and anywhere else she goes.