Cliff had three children with his first wife, Ivy, before moving to Blackstone where he married his second wife, Ruby. Together they had four children - three boys and a girl. Cliff started painting in 2003 and loved to tell the many stories associated with his paintings. He was a man of considerable intellect, he had an amazing memory and could tell wonderful stories about his own life and culture as well as stories of the white explorers who have come through this country. Cliff would tell you that his work is in the style of the rock carvings and painting to be found in the central desert area.
In 2008, Cliff was living in Alice Springs for medical reasons. The people at Ngurratjuta Art Centre in Alice were helping Cliff and Papulankutja Artists with his work until his passing on 19th of March 2010. Cliff was the first Gibson Desert artist to have a solo exhibition - at Art Mob in November 2005.