Dorcas is the daughter of Nyurupayia Nampitjinpa, (Mrs Bennett) a senior artist for Papunya Tula Artists. She was born at Wurturu rockhole, near Kaltukatiarra (Docker River). After her birth her mother and father walked with her to Warburton Mission where she was given her English name by the missionary Will Wade. Later, her family would encounter Bob Mcauley, deciding to travel with him in the renowned yellow Native Patrol Officer’s truck to Amata settlement. From here the family walked to Areyonga where Dorcas attended school. After some time, her family returned to the mission in Warburton where they were reunited with extended family members. Dorcas and her family returned to the Warakurna homeland when it was established in the 1970’s. She was married to the late Mr. Shepherd and continues to live in Warakurna with her extended family. She is the current chairperson for Warakurna Artists.