Banner image: Epiphany, soft pastel on sandpaper 38" x 58"

Barbara Rachko – Painting

Manhattan Arts International
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About Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko is internationally recognized for her unique pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that are inspired by Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects. She is also an author and maintains a popular art blog.

Read an interview with Barbara Rachko.

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Barbara Rachko, Charade, soft pastel on sandpaper 38" x 58".
Barbara Rachko, Charade, soft pastel on sandpaper 38″ x 58″.

Rachko was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in a New York City suburb. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology. After college, Barbara earned a commercial pilot’s license and Boeing 727 flight engineer’s certificate, then spent seven years on active duty as a Naval officer.

In 1986 while working at the Pentagon, she began to study figure drawing and medical anatomy, and began many long years of developing her craft.  Rachko subsequently resigned from active duty (but remained in the Navy Reserve and retired as a Commander) to devote herself to making art. On 9/11 Barbara’s life was changed forever when her husband, Dr. Bryan C. Jack, was killed on the plane that hit the Pentagon.

Alone Together, soft Pastel on sandpaper, 20" x 26.
Alone Together, soft Pastel on sandpaper, 20″ x 26″.

Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia, she enjoys a busy career as a professional artist.  She is represented by six galleries throughout the United States, exhibits nationally and internationally, and continues to win accolades, including completion of Ajira’s Emerge 2000 business program for artists, a 2008 – 2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein.

Banner image: Epiphany, soft pastel on sandpaper 38″ x 58″.

Read an interview with Barbara Rachko.

Visit Barbara Rachko’s website at www.barbararachko.com
Visit Barbara Rachko’s blog at barbararachkoscoloreddust.com/

Read an interview with Barbara Rachko.

Join Barbara Rachko in Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRachko
Twitter: https://twitter.com/brachko_artistOther
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbararachko

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