Anmatyerre artist Michelle Possum Nungurrayi was born in 1970 at Mt Allan, a station community about 250 kms to the north west of Alice Springs. Michelle comes from a well-established artistic family. She is the younger sister of artist Gabriella Possum and their father, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), was one of the founding figures of the Desert Art movement at Papunya. Michelle, along with her sister Gabriella and brother Lionel, was taught to paint by her famous father. Michelle began painting at an early age and produced her first canvases while still a teenager in the mid 1980s.