A life long appreciation and fascination with art runs deeply for AK. Studying and creating art however did take a back seat for over a decade as she successfully developed her sports career, where she has travelled extensively playing volleyball at an International level. Since retiring from international sport in 2012, AK has focused on developing her unique artistic style and combining vision and emotion with physical creation.
Through exploring new places and cultures, stencil art and the now very popular types of street or graffiti art continued to engage her. It is this fascination that led AK to develop her own skills in stencil cutting. Initially working with leather and experimenting with other textiles, AK continued to develop her style and over time, discovered the idea of using the leather to back the paper stencil and give the picture colour, texture and depth.
Following demand from the local community, and then wider audiences, AK released a small collection of larger pieces that reflected her as an artist. These pieces were successfully sold at the annual Christchurch and Nelson art shows as well as at some smaller galleries across New Zealand. She has developed a following across the globe as she continues to seek inspiration, connection and experiences that flow through into her pieces, and is excited to be constantly developing pieces that reflect this journey.