Barb Schacher is a self-taught pastel pencil artist who specializes in Wildlife and Western Art. Most of the inspiration for her artwork comes from growing up on a small cattle ranch and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with its gorgeous, wild scenery and abundant wildlife.
Horses were a huge, inspirational, and very impressionable part of her childhood on the family ranch overlooking the beautiful Clearwater River Valley and picturesque Kamiah, Idaho. When she wasnt riding horses, she was sketching them or dreaming about them during school classes, which landed her in trouble with her teachers on a few occasions! The horses she rode were ranch horses used to herd cattle on the ranch, move cattle to summer pasture in the surrounding mountains, pack into hunting camp or pristine mountain lakes to fish, and in the arena to compete in local gymkhanas and area rodeos, as well. After becoming an adult, life took over and Barbs cherished ranch life was put on hold, as was her artwork. In 2012, however, she decided to start drawing once again, drawing graphite pencil drawings at first. Now she thoroughly enjoys creating western themed pastel pencil paintings. As a huge bonus, she also very much enjoys meeting and getting to know other artists, collectors and so many others who love Western Art, as well. In general, Barbs artwork reflects the things she has always cherished and enjoys drawing horses, cattle, ranch dogs, wildlife and most anything country or western. Her artwork is something she truly enjoys. Its also playing a role, along with a few horses she now owns, in creating or returning to a lifestyle and life she has always loved!
Barb is a Premium Member of the WARA Western Art Rodeo Association, Pencil Art Society, and the Northwest Pastel Society.