Winifred was born and raised at the new Balgo Mission (current site of Balgo community). She is the daughter of renowned Warlayirti artists Tjumpo Tjapanangka (c.1929-2007) and Ningie Nanala. She has lived across the Kimberley region, spending time with her family between Mulan and Balgo communities. Winnifred has 4 girls, 1 boy and many grandchildren.
Winifred has spent years learning her intricate and complex painting technique that uses layers of dots and lines to create beautiful reflections of her father’s and mother’s countries. She expertly combines her mother’s densely applied dotting with her father’s strong form.