Q: Would you share your elevator pitch?
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!
Posted on January 28, 2017, in 2017, An Artist's Life, Guatemala, Mexico, Studio, Working methods and tagged elevator pitch, Guatemalan, Mexican, pastel paintings, soft pastel, Studio. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.