Sara Woodburn is a visual artist who made her first prints (drypoint and woodcut) in high school in Long Beach, California. She went on to study textile, graphic, and costume design at the University of California, Davis and yuzen, a kimono dyeing process, in Tokyo, Japan. She started a textile design business (Sara McCook Textiles) in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 and later moved it to Santa Fe, New Mexico when she and her husband relocated there. In New Mexico, Sara was a visiting artist in the schools for several years spending time in many communities throughout the state sharing her art form with children and adults.
After earning an elementary teaching credential in 1992, Sara taught students in Santa Fe, NM and Santa Barbara, CA. Her passion was sharing her devotion to art and local ecology with students. Beginning in 2006, Sara returned to printmaking through Santa Barbara City College programs, studying with expert teachers: Hari Orme, Sara Norquay, Elaine LeVasseur, and Siu Zimmerman.
In 2011, Sara began to concentrate only on the technique of woodcut, producing five new limited edition works on an etching press in her home studio. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried shows and she is a member of the Santa Barbara Printmakers Association. Sara has been awarded scholarships to attend the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO in September 2012 to work with mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock print) artist, Hiroki Morinoue of Hawaii and in September 2016 with reduction woodcut artist Jean Gumpper.