Kathy Stark was born in Jacksonville, Florida where she attended the Bartram School now part of the Bolles School. In 1985 she graduated from Furman University with a BA in Studio Arts, and then attended the University of Florida for post baccalaureate studies.

Following college she traveled for four years in the Southeast working as set designer, art director, and production illustrator for the motion picture industry. After this she worked as a youth director for First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville for 3 years. Switching to part time, artist in residence, she spent 5 years pursuing her fine art career as a painter. Needing a break from her fine art, Stark worked for another five years, painting, sculpting and designing for a company that creates environments for entertainment attractions, museums and zoos.

Fourteen years ago she resumed her full-time pursuit as a professional fine artist. Breaking out from her long preferred medium of oils, Stark began exploring watercolors for the first time since college and has a newfound energy and enthusiasm with this medium. She is especially interested in painting large even monumental watercolors of her beloved North Florida wilderness surroundings. Her work has been collected both privately and corporately and has been shown in museums and galleries primarily in the Southeast. Kathy resides in Jacksonville.