Kara Sparkman received her BFA in Fine Art Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University. After practicing as a counselor with adolescents in the disciplines of wilderness and art therapies, she has since transitioned outside of the clinical environment. Now, she combines surf coaching with creativity workshops, and encourages her clients to play creatively, both in and out of the water.
Kara resides in the Columbia River Gorge of the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Coast of Central America. In these wonderfully diverse places, she finds community, inspiration, and a rich playground of the natural world.
Kara delights in longboarding and is happiest when she can spend hours playing on a right-hand pointbreak. She loves surfing with women from around the world, which inspires her surfing and her art. Her lifelong dedication to the practice of painting and drawing continues to influence the ways she navigates her life.