Mary was born near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) around 1953. Her family lived in the vicinity of Lappi Lappi, located towards the northern area of Lake Mackay, until they relocated to the Mt Doreen cattle station west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
After her first husband passed away, Mary remarried the well-known artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and moved to Kintore, where she now lives and paints. Her paintings depicts designs associated with the rock hole site of Tjutalpi, east of the Kiwirrkura community. Woman travel to Tjutalpi to perform dances and sing songs associated with the area.