False Friends, pastel painting

Head, photography
Lion, photography

After college, Barbara Rachko earned a commercial pilot’s license and Boeing 727 flight engineer’s certificate before spending 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 (she remained in the Navy Reserve and retired as a Commander) to devote herself to making art.

Her “pastel paintings” push pastels to the limit. Her meso american art series include Black Paintings, Domestic Threats, Gods and Monsters.

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. In 2002 she began studying photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia, Barbara Rachko enjoys a busy career as a professional artist.