Featured Artist Barbara Rachko

Artist Barbara Rachko creates dynamic, colorful paintings in a large format. Enjoy her portfolio and see more of her work by visiting her website.



“Paranoia” 20″×26″ Pastel, 2009


Barbara 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.



“Stalemate” 38″×58″ Pastel, 2013


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.



Barbara 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.



“Epiphany” 38″×58″ Pastel, 2012


Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia, Barbara enjoys a busy career as a professional artist.  Equally adept as a painter and photographer, she is best known for her self-invented, labor-intensive, Mexico-inspired large works that utilize soft pastel on sandpaper.


False Friends

“False Friends” 38″×58″ Pastel, 2011


Barbara is represented by six galleries throughout the United States, exhibits nationally and internationally (her c.v. lists more than 30 solo exhibitions and 150 group shows), and continues to win accolades for her unique work.


So What?

“So What?” 20″×26″ Pastel, 2011


She completed Ajira’s highly-competetive Emerge 2000 business program for artists, and won a 2008 – 2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and multiple grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein.


The Absence

“The Absence” 26″×20″ Pastel, 2012


An extensive interview with Barbara may be seen here.   She invites you to connect with her on  Facebook , her YouTube channel and LinkedIn. Subscribe to her blog  for the latest updates.


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