Lanita is one of six sisters and three brothers. Lanita started painting in 1981 after being taught by her famous aunties Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre, well-known Aboriginal artists.
Lanita moved to Darwin in 1995. Her works include Kurrajong, Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming, Wiry Wattle, Woman’s Ceremony Body Design and Waru (Bushfire Dreaming).
One of Lanita's paintings was chosen by the Danish community of the Northern Territory as the community's wedding gift to Denmark's Prince Frederick and Princess Mary.