Nora was born on Turner Station, south of Purnululu in the East Kimberley. Her full sister is Phyllis Thomas, also a senior artist at Turkey Creek (Warmun).
Nora worked on Turner River Station as a youngster, carrying out the normal station duties of feeding and looking after the nanny goats, then domestic duties as she became older.
Nora is a specialist dot artist and her medium is bush ochre. The technique she uses is unfortunately becoming more difficult to acquire, as the younger artists prefer the main landscape painting. The content of her paintings consists of Turner (Kartang Rija) and Purnululu to Turkey Creek. Her knowledge of the land from her early days of walking through it with her family is extensive and her paintings reflect this.
Nora now resides at Warmun Community and her paintings have been collected world wide. Due to poor health she paints infrequently now. Nora’s artworks remain popular as they reflect traditional dot art beautifully executed.
– ‘Greetings From Turkey Creek’, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
– ‘Little Ochres – Paintings from the East Kimberley, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
– ‘Warmun Art Centre Presents’, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
– ‘The Two Nora’s’, Art Mob, Tasmania (with Nora Wompi)
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
– ‘Ngurrara’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
– ‘Bush Garden’ Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
– Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
– Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA