Martha McDonald Napaltjarri, known by close relatives as Tjulyata, was born in Haasts Bluff/Ikuntji circa 1940, and is the daughter of founding Papunya Tula artist Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi. She witnessed the beginnings of the Papunya Art Movement in the early 1970s, when her father created authoritative works that would go on to be internationally celebrated. While Martha paints his country, Warlukuritji, she does so in her own way, and in personal relation to the stories that she knows about it.
Martha uses intersecting lines softened and contrasted with concentric circles to depict Warlukuritji, a series of clayplans to the south of Lake MacDonald and a surrounding dot matrix depicts the tapestry of vegetation across the landscape. Her lyrical interpretation of this site and its elements and traditional stories reflect the finesse that has led her work to become highly sought after.
Her work is held in the University of New South Wales, Art and Design Collection, the University of Western Sydney Collection and the University of Wollongong Collection.