Judy Watson was born at Yarungkanji on Mount Doreen Cattle Station in the Northern Territory, Australia. Her people, the Walpiri, were living a traditional nomadic life at that time. They frequently made long journeys by foot to their ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts, and lived at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu at different times. She had ten children.
Napangardi's paintings are influenced by the Dreamings associated with the Women's country at Mina Mina. The potent life force within these stories is evoked in Napangardi's use of colour, and richly textured, drag-dotting style which traces the sinuous lines of dancing women on Country. Napangardi Watson was a widely acclaimed and highly visible artist. She divided her time between Yuendumu where she painted for the Warlukulangu art centre, and Alice Springs.