Gloria is the direct granddaughter of Albert Namatjira. Her mother Rosita was the daughter of Albert Namatjira and Selma. Gloria’s father, Claude Pannka was one of the original ‘Hermannsburg School’ watercolour artists. He was born at Temple Downs in 1928. Claude developed an interest in painting as a child when artists Rex Battarbee and other artists visited Hermannsburg in 1934. By 1950 Claude was painting full time and became a highly sought after artist by collectors. Claude’s brothers, Ivan and Nelson, also painted. Gloria’s father taught her to paint with watercolours and she continues to paint in the tradition of the Hermannsburg School style. Gloria uses fine detail and subtle tones to depict country to the west of Alice Springs where she currently lives. Delicate pinks and golds often predominate interpretations of the Western MacDonnell Ranges that retain a complexity of detail in a panoramic frame with a concentration of pale trees and craggy rocks in the foreground. Her landscapes combine close observation with a decorative flair.
Gloria’s work has featured in a number of exhibitions throughout her career, including the honor of receiving a ‘highly commended’ title for her painting in the NATSIAA 2008 which was then acquired by the NT Museum and Art Gallery. Gloria has also had the privilege of having her painting ‘West MacDonnell Ranges’ acquired by the Parliament House Art Collection Canberra.