It doesn't seem like Lena is in her 80's, but old birth records indicate she is born in 1934. Her eldest son, George, was born a natural bush birth in 1953 when Lena was nineteen.
She had married a young man named Sam Kngwarreye from a neighbouring country up north. They lived up there awhile and had seven children.
Lena's father had been an elder of her country and because of this blood line and her natural ability to lead, she became an elder herself.
The endeared term is 'boss woman' - similar to a commander-in-chief, and is a guardian of certain aspects of her people's culture.
Lena paints how she leads. Firstly she makes sure everyone around her has canvas to paint too. She is proud of them.
She handles the execution slowly, carefully and methodically, but not perfectly. She laughs and tells stories.
Each painting is individual yet infused with the same story: Soakage Dreaming.