Growing up I had a formal art background. After college I was drawn to abstraction and since then have continued to work as an abstract painter. Since the mid 1970’s I have been fascinated with patterning; the movement and the image created by repeat motifs. As I continue to explore patterning I work with a variety of materials. In my work I use words, lines, dots, and images to make patterns. My work is intuitive, a process that is both planned and spontaneous. Each new body of work is an outgrowth of previous work incorporating current ideas, thoughts, and experiences. I do not set out to create a series but rather keep addressing the thought until I feel satisfied that the body of work completes the thought. This results in a series which usually continues for 4 or 5 years.
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. As a child and continuing through high school she had weekend and after school art instruction.
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 Studio.
She traveled extensively, finally settling in New York City where she exhibited frequently and was part of the 1980’s New York art community. In 1986 she moved to Nantucket where she 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. Kathy Stark is currently represented in New York by the SOHO20 Gallery.