Winnie Sampi

Winnie Sampi

Spinifex Hill Studio

I was born in Carnarvon in 1948. My mother is Yindjibarndi. I went to school in Onslow, moved to Broome in the 1980s and I now live in Port Hedland.

I used to really enjoy going out to the stations on Christmas holidays at Red Hill. We used to go hunting and fishing in the little pools. I used to do housework out at the stations – cooking and cleaning – it was easy, not that hard work. I enjoyed it. I’ve got a big mob of kids and grannies, don’t ask me how many, they spreadall over everywhere.

I started painting in 2008 with the Spinifex Hill [Studio]. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing! I picked it up as I was going along. I reckon you gotta teach yourself as you go along.

Winnie is one of the original artists at Spinifex Hill Studio. She paints in a figurative style, focusing on the landscapes and buildings that have been meaningful to her throughout her life. Winnie was a finalist in the 33rd Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (2016) and won the Best Work by an Emerging Artist prize at the 2015 Hedland Art Awards.

Language: Banjiyma

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