Katherine was born around 1968 in the region of the Papunya settlement, Northern Territory. Her parents, the artists Walangkura Napanangka and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula were part of a group of Pintupi people moved from their traditional homelands to the settlements of Haasts Bluff and Papunya in the 1950s. In 1981 the family returned, walking hundreds of kilometres to their Pintupi country of Walungurru (Kintore).
Katherine started painting in the late 1980s with her sisters Debra Young Nakamarra and Lorraine Nakamarra Yungut. Learning her Women's ceremony and Dreamtime stories from her mother, Katherine is fast emerging as an artist of note in the next generation of Western Desert art.