Born at Kintore, Martha (also known by her 'bush name' of Tjulata) is the daughter of founding Papunya Tula artist Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi and his first wife Kumanjay Nangala. Martha was raised by her mother's sister Napulu Nangala. Martha married Snowy McDonald, with whom she lived in Papunya until his death in 2013. Together they had two sons and a daughter. Martha lives in an outstation near Papunya at the base of the Ulumpbaru mountain range with her extended family. Martha is an honoured and respected elder in the Papunya community. Martha began painting in 2008 for Papunya Tjupi, where she quickly emerged as a talented and meticulous painter. She paints at the art centre every day and is also on the board of Directors.