Ever since Charmaine can remember, she was always surrounded by artist great aunt Emily Kngwarreye, Petyarre sisters, her mother Barbara Weir and grandmother Minnie Pwerle. It is very important for Utopian artist to continue to paint so the dreamings are never forgotten. Charmaine is definitely a family person: she lives in Alice Springs at present with her partner,and her four daughters. Her educations has been varied to say the least, straddling the worlds of the remote outpost of Utopia (280kms north east of Alice Springs) until she was seven years of age, and immediately following this, the urban environment of Adelaide, where she was sent to improve her education. At the age of 10 she returned to Utopia School for a further year, before attending St Phillips College in Alice Springs. After finsihing her schooling she returned to Utopia for a few years before moving back to Adealide again to study. In 1992 Charmaine returned Utopia and worked for Urapuntja Council as a junior administration assistant, while living there with her mother Barbara Weir and grandparents Minnie Pwerle and Motorcar Jim at Soakage Bore - an outstation on what used to be Utopia Station. During the years spent at Utopia, Charmaine's education extended to embrace her people's culture, performing in ceremonies, and learning the sacred stories paseed on to her by her grandmother's.