Q: Would you share your elevator pitch?

Barbara's studio

Barbara’s studio

A:  Here it is:

I live in New York and have been a working artist for thirty years.  I create original pastel paintings that use my large collection of Mexican and Guatemalan folk art – masks, carved wooden animals, papier mache figures, and toys – as subject matter.  

Blending with my fingers, I spend months painstakingly applying dozens of layers of soft pastel onto acid-free sandpaper.  My self-invented technique achieves extraordinarily rich, vibrant color and results in paintings that uniquely combine reality, fantasy, and autobiography.

My background is extremely unusual for an artist.  I am a pilot, a retired Navy Commander, and a 9/11 widow.

Please see the extensive interview (14 pages so page through) at


and see images and more at http://barbararachko.com/en/

Comments are welcome!  

About barbararachkoscoloreddust

Barbara’s thoughts on art, the creative process, soft pastel, the inspiration she finds in travel, what it’s like to be an artist in New York City, and other wisdom for artists as we travel our solitary and sometimes lonely roads.

Posted on January 28, 2017, in 2017, An Artist's Life, Guatemala, Mexico, Studio, Working methods and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My dad was a pilot in the US Navy in WWII http://www.sherryfelix.com/family/hechler-ww2/index_Hechler_WW2.html. You might enjoy reading about him. Sorry to hear you lost your mate 9/11.

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