Emma was born in Papunya and first started painting for Papunya Tula when she was a young girl. She paints her Tjukurrpa – Kalinpinpa. This is her fathers country, located West of Kintore. Her father taught her about her Tjukurrpa and taught her how to paint Kalinpinpa. Emma’s inspiration is the water in the Tjukurrpa. Emma has recently begun painting with Ikuntji artists.