Born in Northern Indiana, to a Plumber and Nurse, Linda has been creating art of one kind or another for most of her life. The first of her family to attend college, she quit art school after two years to become a Plumber. This led to a twenty-five year career as a Contractor/Plumber before retiring fifteen years ago to return to her one great love, making art.
She licensed six of her designs seven years ago, for use in beginner kits to the company that produces the scratchboard product that she uses. Scratchboard, developed in the early twentieth century, primarily for use in graphic illustrating, has re-emerged as a viable fine art medium. The product Linda uses is a rigid board coated with white kaolin clay, sprayed with black ink and scratched and cut with sharp tools to create an image that sometimes resembles a woodcut or etching.
Five years ago she created two illustrated books of rescued animals and their stories, funded via Kickstarter: Dog Scratchin’ and Cat Scratchin’.
Her most recent project, still in development, is an illustrated children’s book with her adopted Ethiopian niece as inspiration for the main character.
Her work can be found in galleries and private collections around the world.