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 Rachko is a New York Artist, Blogger, and Author who has been meticulously working in Soft Pastel on Sandpaper for 30+ years.

Posted on January 28, 2017, in 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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