While obtaining a B.F.A. at Drake University in 1979, Stanchak blended the realms of photography and painting to create a new kind of art. Over the years, this unique mixed media style attracted a national audience of galleries, museums, and collectors. Her work is featured in numerous publications including Artquest and Art Space. She has also lectured at Drake University and Alexandra Museum. Stanchak’s work has been purchased by major corporations such as Canon USA and the Pepsi Corporation. Her experience over the last three decades has added a unique and refined style to her art.