Billy was born in 1952 on Palm Island, Queensland and currently lives in Townsville. He is a painter and woodcarver. His language group is Bwgcolman and his totem is the Brolga. His father was a Wakka Wakka man from Central Queensland and his mother Tagalaka from Cape York.
A passionate environmentalist he has stated that "I paint to share with people my dismay and frustration at what destruction people inflict on Mother Earth, its waters and oceans and the life within". A series of paintings were completed under the title of "Patterns of Life" which reflect his concerns.
He has been painting professionally since 1976.