Penny K Lyons Australian, Walmajarri/Juwaliny, b. 1932
Penny K Lyons was born at Wanywurtu under a tutujarti (desert walnut) tree. She grew up in that place with her family, one father, two mothers, one brother and two sisters. There is a rock hole with spring water at Wanywurtu and Penny remembers going walkabout for goanna and pussycat (feral cat) at this place.
Penny's family and other groups migrated north to the cattle station country surrounding the Fitzroy Valley. When they left the desert she was a girl in her early teens. During the journey she first lost her mother and sister and later her father and other mother. When this happened she became quite hysterical at the loss of her parents and wanted to keep looking for them. Her brother, Peter Skipper, got angry with Penny and left her and her little sister at Fitzroy River near Milidjidee and kept going.
Penny K Lyons beautiful paintings show the traditional waterholes and hunting grounds of the Great Sandy Desert, where she and her family lived up until the early 1950's.