Kathy Maringka

Kathy was born in the bush, near Ernabella, SA. Her family moved into the mission at Ernabella and she went to school there, before moving to Victory Downs, a cattle station near Ernabella. Kathy worked as a Cultural Tour Guide at Uluru, guiding tourists and cleaning and washing dishes at the tourist camp.
Kathy returned to Ernabella to marry. Her husband is Johnny Roberts and they have five children and numerous grandchildren. In Ernabella, Kathy started work at the art centre and learnt to sew, spin wool and make rugs.
Kathy and her family moved to Fregon in the 1970s, when it was still a mission outstation. At the Fregon craft room Kathy learnt batik techniques and painting with acrylics on canvas.
Kathy's commitment to her art is as strong as ever. In between working at Centrelink for a few years and as chairperson of the community council. A long standing board member of Kaltjiti Arts as well as the Kaltjiti Community reflects her quiet yet strong leadership qualities and service to the community. In 2015 Kathy continues as a full-time artist and arts worker at the Kaltjiti Art Centre.
Sales are mainly to private buyers who seek out her distinctive, vibrant work. At present her speciality is Tjulpun-tjulpunpa - Desert Wildflowers.
Kathy like most artists from Fregon have individual and unique styles. Initially, most artists were younger women or were from traditional country that was men’s business, and they did not paint tjukurpa. Instead, the women developed imagery which was based in the landscape and storytelling of everyday life called milpatjunanyi. These intuitive, spontaneous images developed into colourful and complex works. The academic description of “meaningful marks or patterns” became the distinctive style known as walka. Originally used on weavings, these were transferred to all other mediums in particular batik and painting.