On the road to Papunya, 2018, Western MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, acrylic on canvas, 21.5 x 25.5 cm.
Heading north from Namatjira Drive, this 4WD track leads via the distant Haast Bluff (Ikuntji) and towering 1423 m. Mt Edward and lesser Mt. William (Anyali) to Papunya, a large community of Pintubi and Loritja people. Papunya was where the now iconic and colourful Aboriginal dot painting first started in 1971 when South Australian teacher Geoff Barton encouraged the local men to document their stories on canvas using acrylic paints. Its Community Arts Centre was our destination for the day.