Name: Christine Thomas

Community: Punmu


Christine was born in Punmu Aboriginal community and has lived there for most of her life. Her parents Debra Thomas and Bert Lane were formative members of the community, helping build the first school and houses during the Return to Country movement of the 1980's. More recently Christine has begun to move between her homes in Punmu and Newman.

As a mute artist, painting is an important means of communication for Christine. She began painting and making baskets from a young age, encouraged by her mother to learn about her Country in this way. She paints her family's ngurra (home Country, camp), kakarra (east) of Punmu and around the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) region. Christine is a dedicated artist, and can be found

© the artist / art centre