Tjawina is the sister of Esther Giles Nampitjinpa and half sister to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa. She is known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver and wood carver and has gained prominence as a painter.
Tjawina paints her mother’s and father’s dreaming stories. These include the sites of Yumari, Punkilpirri and Tjalili. These sites are important for ceremonies and as reliable sources for water and traditional food plants.