David Djarrka and his wife Wendy Galanini Yunupingu work in collaboration. Together they collect the wood for their mokuy carvings discussing the stories and characteristics each raw piece of wood will ultimately take on. Every aspect of each work is discussed with Djarrka generally carving and Galanini painting. Djarrka grew up in Galiwinku with his family. When he married Galanini they lived in Milingimbi for two years and then moved back to Elcho Island.
Djarrka’s traditional homeland is Nurrurruytjurr on the mainland. Djarrka has four children from his first wife who live with their mother on Howard Island. Galanini has four children from her first husband who also lives in Galiwinku.