Artists ~ Sandee Pacheco

Artist’s name: Sandee Pacheco
Business name: Barn Door Designs
Location: Scituate, Rhode Island

1. Tell us about your work
My work is the love of animals and creating combined. I love to paint in oils and just recently began to work with oil pastels sticks. I mostly paint farm animals and pets. I also do pet portraits ranging from cats and dogs to horses and goats. I dabble in watercolor also and find that horses are the subject of most of my work. Anything southwestern is also of interest to me, especially in watercolor.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
My work started as floral decorations about thirty years ago. I started doing neighborhood craft shows and slowly started to add a painted craft or two into the show. As time went by, there were no longer any florals and all painted crafts, called tole painting. I named my business "Barn Door Creations" at that time because I was building a new barn and wanted to add a back door to the barn. I needed to raise extra money to do this and went to my first craft show and needed a new for the form, hence "Barn Door". I now design my own artwork, and is why the "Creations" has been changed to "Designs"

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my love of animals and my own back yard which has a couple of horses, a goat, a bunch of chickens, a couple of cats and a dog.

4. What’s your favorite item to make? 
My favorite item currently is working in oil pastels. My favorite subject is horses!


5. What’s your best seller? 
My best seller lately is my pendants that are prints of my original paintings made into jewelry. It's funny that msot of the time I am my own worst judge and the piece that I dislike the most is the one that sells the most.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
I was born and raised in Rhode Island.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
I love that all in one state you can go from feeling like part of the family on Federal Hill, where my Mother does come from, to being a country bumpkin in the back woods of Foster. All in one day you can go to a art festival and marvel at the talent to buying fresh vegetables at a farmer's market near the shore line

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add: 
The most important part of my art is being accepted and having someone walk by a painting of mine and fall in love with it. The monetary part pays for the supplies but the emotional part is priceless.


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