Born in Baltimore Maryland, Ms. Richards is a graduate of State University of New York, Empire State College. She also attended University of Georgia, Ringling School of Art in Florida and Parson’s School of Design in New York. Over the years her efforts have been concentrated on illustration for national advertising, magazine and book illustration. She has illustrated books for Grosset and Dunlap, Harcourt and Time Life. Two of her commissioned paintings were used to illustrate a special edition social studies book published by NASA.
Linda’s advertising clients include: Ford, Toyota-U.S., Saudi Arabia and Canada, Molson Beer and Ale, General Foods, IBM, Wellcome Laboratories, The New York Times, Time Life, Ciba Geigy, Ingersoll Rand, Hummer Vehicles, Metropolitan Opera Guild, American Express, Maxell, Minolta, Black and Decker, Sony, Cross Pens, Godiva Chocolates, Lands End, Phillips Electronics, Mercedes Benz, Toshiba, Hasbro, and Lucas Films.
Linda has has lectured at various schools on illustration techniques, employment possibilities in the field and on-site workshops for job counseling on illustration. She was a judge for the Society of Illustrators in New York where she helped select and award various scholarships for potential illustrators. She co-wrote with the late Walter Hortens, then president of the Society of Illustrators, a guidebook for future illustrators, address the current and future trends in technical illustration. The book is on file with the Society of Illustrators.
Linda had commissioned paintings for NASA on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, followed by a national and international tour. All paintings currently reside at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and are periodically on tour.
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. The techniques involve design and finished art for half etch, full etch on brass, bas relief, coining, engraving and decal design.