About the Artist
Welcome to Balsambrook. We are the Bachko Family: Chris, Linsey, our daughter, and our collection of pets. For those looking for the basic facts: I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology in 2008. Over the years I've worked as a botanist's assistant, a nanny, a technical writer, the manager of a powersport rental business, a content marketer, and a website designer. My husband, Chris, graduated from Eastern Washington University as well with a degree in Construction Engineering a few years later. He has had many jobs over the years including piano salesman (he has played piano for decades), rental car associate, drafter/designer, office manager, and many more. Our daughter's main jobs are to make beautiful paintings/drawings, take care of her dog, explore nature (she wants to be the first explorer to find a Unicorn), and learn as much as she can.
We decided a long time ago that we wanted to create a more sustainable life, and part of that meant finding ways to sustain ourselves financially ... and so Balsambrook was born. My first love has always been creating whether it was shoe-box dioramas, construction paper bouquets, jewelry or whatever else caught my eye at the time. Chris doesn't have as much experience in the creation department, but is quickly learning that it isn't an inherited trait or magical skill that one is born with but instead comes with practice. While he explores his creativity with leather, I continue to use brush, canvas, wire and stone to do what we can to make the world a more beautiful place.
Take care and never stop creating.