Ada Nangala Dixon was born in 1952 at Mt Doreen, an extensive cattle breeding station about 55km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
She was born into a well-known artist family, her father was Pintubi artist Pegleg Jampijinpa and her mother was Margaret Napangardi Brown, a successful artist with Warlukurlangu Artists.
Ada attended the local School at Yuendumu and when she finished she helped out at the Yuendumu School and then Nyirripi School. She is married and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
Ada began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2009.
She would watch her sister Joy Nangala Brown paint and decided she would paint too. She paints her Father’s Jukurrpa (Dreaming), especially Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming),Dreamings which have been passed down over the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it.
Ada uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
When Ada is not painting she goes hunting especially on the weekends, “I love it!”