Lorna Ward Napanangka was born at Papunya around 1961 and is the daughter of famous artist Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, who was one of the first generation artists of the Desert Aboriginal Art movement. Lorna Ward Napanangka began painting at Kintore in 1996 and often paints the traditional ceremonial site of Marrapinti.
Lorna Ward Napanangka painted on the the Kiwirrkura Women’s painting, the collaborative artwork created in 1999 to contribute to the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Lorna Ward Napanangka often travelled between the desert communities of Kiwirrkurra and Kintore when she was visiting relatives. Lorna Ward Napanangka has four sons and two daughters.
In 2000 Lorna Ward Napanangka began exhibiting her paintings and she held solo exhibitions in 2001 and 2004. She was a finalist in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin. Lorna Ward Napanangka has developed some refined styles of dot painting and varies her approaches to different subjects.