Linda Crockett currently lives in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, where she grew up and was greatly influenced by The Cleveland Museum of Art, early Rock and Roll, American Greeting Cards and fashion design. All of these interests inspired her creations for rock group costumes and Mod fashion in the late 1960’s and her love of illustration and fine art. The desire to travel was also instilled through her interest in history, antiques, American Indian art, Impressionist painting and Dutch masters. Many visits to New York City, living in England and traveling to Paris, Scotland and Amsterdam greatly impacted her styles and techniques and provided the basis for much of her painting dynamics. Accurate historical details, atmospheric lighting and soft brush strokes are the result of these personal experiences along with a propensity to portray people and children in appealing situations.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS (various authors and publishers) Various titles are in progress “Quequechan: Forgotten River” “Anna & Sourdough—An Arctic Adventure” “Herds of Birds and Flocks of Fish” “Unicorn Races” “Of Corn Silk and Black Braids” "Sister Wind, Brother Tree" “I Am Water” “Don Quixote” for children “A Little Princess” “A Tale of Two Menorahs” “Byron Bear and the Attic Adventures” series “See the Ocean” (‘American Bookseller’s Pick-of-the-List’) “In the Park with Dad” “Anna’s Day” “Sam and Pepper’s Tree House” "Grandmas are Special” “How the Amish Live” “Fire in the Sky: American Indians” “Pony Tales Adventures” “Everybody Sing and Dance” “Abigail Adams” Many coloring books, paper doll artwork, textbook art, book covers, interior illustration for juvenile books, greeting cards, gift-wraps, wall coverings and borders, magazine illustrations, newspaper illustrations, art prints.
SPECIAL HONORS AND AWARDS Gold Medals, Society of Illustrators,Book and Editorial Awards, Annual 24 Society of Illustrators, Annuals 21, 22, 24, 25 Cleveland Press Club Award for Excellence in Editorial Illustration Cleveland Museum of Art, Special Painting Award Bologna Children’s Book Fair Finalist, 3 times Detroit News Photography Award Communication Arts Annual Finalist Desi Award: Graphics USA Japan Creators’ Association Award Distinguished Achievement Award andHall of Fame Inductee Euclid High School Alumni Association Ohio State Senate Commendation for Art Achievement Permanent Collection, Society of Illustrators, New York Euclid Community Enrichment Award for Art Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, costume on display Who’s Who of American Women Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture,The National Museum of Women in the Arts tour in China and Russia Director’s Guild of America, “That’s Entertainment” And many more. Teaching Experience Classes for children, college level and seniors.General art, drawing and some crafts. 'Children's Book Illustration' classes and seminars at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State, New York Art School, Detroit Center for the Arts and others.
Awards and Accolades
Winner of many National and International awards, Linda has achieved recognition as an illustrator in many venues. Her work is included in the Society of Illustrators Permanent Collection featuring her 2 Gold Medals from their 24th Annual Exhibition. Her paintings have been included in other museums, many exhibitions and have toured to China as well as Monte Carlo where Prince Ranier awarded her Special Mention for her self-portrait, ‘Sunday Parlor.’ Linda’s work as an outstanding illustrator was rewarded by her local Alumni Association and she received a Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame Award, the Euclid Community Enrichment Award and an Ohio State Senate Commendation for Art Achievement. Her children’s book illustrations have been honored at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and she received the Cleveland Press Club Award for Excellence in Illustration. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes her costume designing for local rock bands and was exhibited in a special show featuring Cleveland bands and artists.