Arata was born in the heart of San Francisco.  Attended Notre Dame High School, City College, Skyline Collage, San Mateo College and obtained her bachelors Degree in Art with an emphasis on drawing and painting at San Francisco University in 1983.  In 1997, she attended intense workshops in the classic techniques of the Old Masters for four summers at the Liliedahl Fine Art Studio in Texas.  This inspired her to continue her education at the San Francisco Academy of Art University where she earned her Master of Fine Art degree in 2007.