Alison Puruntatameri Australian, Tiwi, b. 1984

Alison has grown up in Pirlangimpi Community on Melville Island which is the big island of the Tiwi's. She went to the local school and worked in child care. She has one daughter, Anette Orsto known locally as Sugar Plum who is a great favourite at the art centre studio where Alison paints with her mother Paulina (Jedda) sharing the care of Sugar while one or the other paints. It was Alison’s grandfather, Justn Puruntatameri (dec) a senior law man that knew all the songs and remembered visits by the Macassans as a boy that told Alison she should have a go at painting- she would listen to his stories of his paintings at the art centre and in the village. He used to take the family hunting when she was little.