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.
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.
Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia, Barbara 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.
learning to fly at the age of 25,
how the Navy accidentally turned her into a visual artist,
why she fell in love with pastel,
how Mexican folk art became the subject of her work,
what it takes to be an artist now, especially one living in New York City,
and many other intimate reflections.Readers, especially artists and art lovers of every kind, will enjoy this rare glimpse into the life and work of a fantastically gifted and resourceful woman. Barbara Rachko is an American original, someone worth knowing because her life experiences have given her tremendous wisdom to share. Her first book, From Pilot to Painter, is not to be missed.”
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