I was born in Austria, father Ukrainian, mother Polish and spent childhood in rural and bush environments after migrating to Western Australia at a very young age. Following careers in nursing and music teaching, I pursued further study as a mature age student, graduating with a BA of Creative Industries majoring in Visual Arts in 2008 at ECU Bunbury Western Australia. I was awarded the Faculty prize for Academic Excellence.
Post graduation my work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout Western Australia and Interstate. I have also held an annual solo exhibition over the past five years and opened AK Studio/ Gallery, my place of practice: open to the public on the first weekend of each month and by appointment. I have facilitated art classes from the studio and also been involved as an arts tutor within the community in a voluntary and paid capacity.
My work is explorative and underpinned with emotive intent. The use of a variety of media provides options for expressing particular concepts however oil paint is my preferred medium. The physicality of media and materials is of importance in my creative process.
Inspiration for my practice stems from a wealth of lifetime experiences. The natural environment has had a profound impact on my psyche, nurtured by the experiences of childhood.
More recently I have researched and explored my family of origin, connected with cultural roots and family previously unknown to me. This journey has increased enquiry into the process of migration and the merging and integration of cultures: a source of interest heightened by personal experience.