Kathy Stark grew up in a small town along the Hudson River. She was an only child and spent her childhood in a house isolated in the countryside. It was a peaceful bucolic existence; although alone, she did not experience it as lonely. Stark attended the University of New Mexico, then completed her studies at New York University. She later studied at the New School, The Arts Student League, Adelphi University, The Printmaking Workshop, and The R&F Encaustic workshop. She traveled extensively, finally settling in New York City, where she exhibited frequently and was part of the New York art community. In 1986 she moved to Nantucket, and continued to paint. After 14 years on Nantucket, Stark moved to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where she continues to live, work in her studio, and exhibit regionally, nationally, and abroad. Stark has been with SOHO20 for many years.