Wildlife, Western Art, and Commissions
Barb Schacher is a primarily self-taught pencil artist who specializes in Western Art, Wildlife Pencil Art and Commissioned Pencil Portrait art. While her work is primarily in graphite pencil, she also enjoys creating with pastels and exploring other mediums, as well.
Most of the inspiration for her artwork comes from growing up and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with its gorgeous, wild scenery and abundant wildlife. Horses, wildlife and drawing have been a huge part of Barb's life from a very early age.
She was raised on a wonderful small cattle ranch in a beautiful, mountainous area of North-Central Idaho. When she was barely old enough to ride a horse "alone" and hold a pencil, she was either riding horses or drawing them... when the weather was too cold or harsh outside to ride.
Her life's work has also allowed her to spend most of her adult life in gorgeous, mountainous areas of Idaho and Washington State where she's had numerous opportunities to observe, enjoy, photograph and draw the abundant area wildlife in their natural habitat; mainly elk, deer, moose, mountain lion, and black bear.
Her incredible personal life journey and experiences in the great outdoors have been her greatest "influence" and those experiences are why she "draws what she draws"!
SURROUNDED BY ART
Barb's most influential artists start with her own family and extended family. Her grandmother, Mabel Eller, and an aunt (Willetta Eller) were two family artists who influenced her love for art very early on. She also married into a family with an abundance of artistic talent beginning with her mother-in-law, Charlotte Schacher, a very accomplished local artist from Lewiston, Idaho who works in oils and a myriad of art mediums in addition to graphite.
MEDIUMS, MEMBERSHIPS & GALLERIES
Barb loves to draw detailed graphite western art and wildlife pencil drawings, as well as, commissioned drawings and portraits. She is currently enjoying experimenting with pastels and colored pencil art. Barb is a Women Artist of the West Associate Member, Pencil Art Society Member, and a Featured Artist at Artsy Shark. Her artwork is currently represented by Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ. (online), and Barb's Western Art Gallery online.