Linda grew up on a farm near Nokomis, Saskatchewan. Her parents thought she should be a veterinarian, but she fainted at the sight of blood. Red paint didn’t seem to bother her though, so she convinced her parents to let her sign up for the visual communications program at the Alberta College of Art instead.
In 1983, with four years of study under her belt and a big black portfolio full of illustrations by her side, Linda hopped on a bus and headed east to Toronto. It wasn’t long before a publisher took a chance and offered her a book to illustrate. ‘The Queen Who Stole the Sky’ went on to be the runner-up for The Canada Council Award for illustration, and Linda never looked back!
Over 60 books and several more honours and awards later, Linda is still drawing and painting. She has done illustrations for magazines, textbooks, greeting cards and calendars, and was a monthly contributor to CHIRP magazine for 12 years. Lately, the market for her animated and often humorous style has broadened to include websites and kinetic corporate videos.
In her spare time, Linda likes to dabble in oils and acrylics. Her landscapes and quirky pet portraits have been featured in several exhibits and her work is in the permanent collection of the Wellington County Museum and the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books. Linda is inspired by the rural landscapes of southern Ontario and the beauty of its small towns and villages like Eden Mills, where she works and lives with her family.