Judy Martin is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist living and working in Mimili community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north-west South Australia. Judy was born near Ngatunitja waterhole in the northern APY Lands. Her father was Pompey Everard and his country was Wakura, near Nyapari in the west. Her mother was Molly Pompey, whose country was Puntiri near Sandy Bore, thirty kilometres south of Mimili. Judy spent her youth travelling between communities and getting to know country intimately. As a young woman, she became a ngangkari (traditional healer), a practice she maintains today. She continues to have strong connections to her family in Nyapari and Kanpi, her father’s country, while living in her mother’s country.
Judy draws her inspiration from a wealth of cultural knowledge, and through her paintings she connects two locations that are geographically distant from each other. She is known for her bold visual language and the deep joy for storytelling that she brings to her community.