Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Linda Richards is a graduate of SUNY Empire State College. She has been a judge for the Society of Illustrators and co-wrote a guidebook for future illustrators with the late Walter Hortens, then president of the Society of Illustrators. She has also lectured at various schools on illustration techniques, employment possibilities in the field, and on-site workshops for job counseling on illustration. Over the years, Linda has expanded her work to the area of product design and development and has worked on many projects for major collectible and toy manufacturers. Her responsibilities span the development of concept to actual final fits of her finished art. Her techniques involve design and finished art for half etch, full etch on brass, bas relief, coining, engraving and decal design.