Painter, mystic, and sex worker, Kara Eckler was born in upstate New York in 1978. She studied with painter Mark Greenwold at University at Albany, where she received her BFA in Painting and a BA in Creative Writing. She moved to Canada in 2002 to study Tantra and meditation. She has shown in galleries in Ontario and Quebec, and had solo shows in Toronto and Ottawa. Her paintings are in private collections in Canada, the USA and internationally, as well as the Colart Collection in Montreal. She received the Roanne Kulakoff award for painting as an undergraduate at SUNY Albany and she was a semi-finalist for the Bombay Sapphire competition in 2019. She now lives and works in sylvan Val-des-Lacs, Quebec in the Laurentians, and has a studio in Montreal.