I was born in Kununurra Hospital and grew up on the Moowong Dawang area of Kununurra and went to the convent school there. I have lived all my life in Kununurra. Later I lived in the Mirima Reserve areas as well as at Police Hole community near Keep River National Park which is the country for my father’s brother. I stay here most of the time now.
I first learned to carve from watching my uncle. Mostly I like to carve bush animals. I started painting in 2002 after watching the old people and knowing that if they pass away that the younger people can pass this knowledge on of our culture and language. I would want my children and grandchildren to pass on the culture and knowledge and keep it alive.
Yvonne belongs to a new generation of artists at Waringarri. Her work is characterised by fresh bold shapes and colour.