Linda Schneider is a professional calligrapher and watercolor artist working out of her studio in Liberty Lake, Washington. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy done with the pointed pen is one of her favorite styles. It is the thick and thin strokes looping into flourishes which take on a form, looking ornate but yet simple in design. Often when asked how long a piece takes she responds, “Only an hour of time, plus over thirty years experience.”
Currently, Linda is a commissioned artist working with The Papyrus Stores , formerly Marcel Schurman Design, creating designs for greeting cards and writing the text in calligraphy. In addition, Authentic Models , an international company, has commissioned Linda for calligraphy in different languages, for several of their Christmas cards and for their certificates of authenticity.
Painting three life- sized animal sculptures which are now displayed in the City of Spokane for the Ronald McDonald House was a rewarding experience for Linda because it was an outreach with a heart-warming worth while cause. She does commissioned watercolor portraits, calligraphy for wedding invitations and private parties. Designing chalk illustrations and lettering for several bistros and steak and seafood restaurants keeps her very busy too. She is also the calligrapher for the Idaho Independent Bank in Coeur d'Alene , Idaho.
Linda has been a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society since 1995 and past President of Scripts and Scribes Calligraphy Guild . She also is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting, IAMPETH. Linda has been part of the IAMPETH teaching faculty for the 2008 and 2009 International Penmen Calligraphy Conventions . She has also taught at Letters of Joy Conference , Seattle , Washington . She has experience as an illustrator and graphic designer and has been a guest speaker at art events. Since graduating in 1974 with a degree in art education she has always had a love for teaching and has instructed fine art in numerous schools and as an Artist in Residence, teaching special needs and high risk children.
Linda has several published works including cover art for a national medical journal. She has also had numerous pieces of calligraphic art published in the Somerset Studio Magazine 2005-2008. She is also a Graceful Envelope Contest Winner, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Washington Calligraphers Guild. Her work has been exhibited in national and international juried shows and has won several awards. Some of the places of exhibition include Houston , Texas , in the International Art Exhibition, also the Museum of Art and Culture, Spokane , Washington and in the Celebration of the Lettering Arts, Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle , Washington
One of Linda's favorite quotes is by James McNeill Whistler, “ An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”