Born at Mungai in her father’s country, Kathleen Mayan Paddoon’s (also spelt Padoon) family moved to Sturt Creek station where Kathleen Paddoon started to work in the laundry and met her future husband, Paddy Padoon, a worker in the stock camp. After a while they moved to Bililuna (Kururrngku) and it was here that Kathleen began painting, with acrylic on canvas, the traditional stories from the country of her family, which is situated south of Yagga Yagga. Kathleen’s use of colours is somewhat different to other Balgo artists. Her palette is in soft muted colours applied thickly with a brush across the canvas. In 1992 Kathleen travelled with the Manungka Manungka delegation to the Cook Islands for the 6th Pacific Festival of Arts and Culture.