Anya is the granddaughter of Dadda Samson and Yanjimi (Peter) Rowlands, both senior Martu artists. She was born in Port Hedland and has lived most of her life in Jigalong, being raised by her grandparents Dadda and Yanjimi, as her parents passed away when she was very young. Dadda has taught Anya to paint; she has passed stories onto Anya for painting. Anya frequently travels with Dadda to her country around Jigalong, Puntawarri and the Rabbit Proof Fence, the subject of many of her paintings. Now an artist independent from her grandmother, Anya is also a dedicated staff member of Martumili Artists.
Photo taken by Tobias Titz