Sharon Numina was born in 1981 and attended school at Kormilda College Darwin. Sharon is one of six sisters and two brothers. Her mother Barbara Price Mbtitjana, an elder painter and cultural elder from Stirling Station near Tennant Creek, taught all her daughters to paint. Sharon is one of the younger painters of the fabulous Numina Sister desert artists. Sharon lives in Darwin with her older sisters. Sharon's father, now passed, is from Utopia. The stories of Bush Tucker, Goanna, Dingo Tracks and other themes that Sharon paints is her mother's and father's Country and Dreaming totems and cultural knowledge stories. Sharon and her sisters, and mother, come from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement from well renowned painter aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre, who are well established artists in Alice Springs.
About the artworks
This painting depicts Sharon’s original interpretation of the Emu dreaming. The Emu is travelling across the land, meeting with other Emu’s and hunting for Bush Tucker. The Emu also represents Good Fortune and Luck; so as the Emu’s travel they are blessing the land with this good fortune. It is Sharon’s hope that these positive, lucky qualities find their way into the home that this piece is hung.