Linda Parkinson

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for October, 2012

Linda J. Parkinson is a wildlife artist working primarily in watercolors and specializing in birds. She is actively involved in supporting local, national, and international wildlife & environmental organizations with donations of her artwork as well as a volunteer. In particular, she volunteers as current President on the Board of Directors for the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center where she is also an educator and rehabilitator of birds of prey and has donated artwork and made card & print donations to the organization.

Linda and her family have resided for the past 32 years off the grid in a solar home built on 20 acres in the redwoods of Northern California, 10 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. She has her own spring for water, wood for heat, a big organic orchard and garden, and the sun for electricity.

Linda is an artwork contributor to the Redwood Region Audubon Society, Breeding Bird Atlas and donated artwork to the society.
She has contributed both original artworks as well as prints to the following wildlife organizations in their fundraising endevors:

Northcoast Environmental Center
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Barren Grounds Wildlife Preserve, Australia
Hawk Watch International
New York State Falconry Association
California Hawking Club
Natural Resources Defence Council
Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka CA
Operation Wildlife, Kansas
Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, OR
California Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Network

A native of California, Linda has been painting animals and portraits since childhood. She is an honors graduate in animal sciences from the University of Maryland. Her post-graduate studies in wildlife at Humboldt State University involved Linda in wildlife rehabilitation and education, which inspired her transition to wildlife art. Although her education is in the sciences, Linda continues to expand her artistic knowledge and experience. Linda's beautiful watercolor paintings have shown and won awards throughout California and Oregon, and can be found in private collections worldwide. In 1997 her painting "Captive Beauty" was juried Best of Show in the Humboldt County Fair, and then went on to take 2nd Place in the Best of Show Competition at the 1998 California State Fair.

In June, 2003, Linda was the featured artist in American Falconry Magazine, Vol. 31. Also in 2003, her beautiful watercolor of a Northern Spotted Owl was accepted into the Oakland Natural History Museum's juried show of native California species, "The Art of Seeing". In 2002, her original watercolor "Baby Brown Pelican" was a finalist in the Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition. This same painting won the Best of Show award for watercolor in the Mendocino Marine Wildlife International juried show in March 2007. Also in 2007, Linda's "Harris Hawk" painting was a finalist in the Artist's Magazine Art Competition in the animal catagory. In 2008, her painting "The Promise", featuring Northern Gannets, won Best of Show in watercolor at the Mendocino Marine Wildlife International Juried Show.

Linda's artwork has been published in Wildlife Art Magazine, and in two books: Namibia, the Independant Traveler, Hippocrene Books and Catalog of California Seabird Colonies, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Publications. Linda works in several mediums, including watercolor, acrylics & oils. Her subjects range from local to exotic birds and animals and their habitats. Her beautiful parrot portraits have been collected by parrot breeders and fanciers worldwide, and several examples can be seen on the China Prairie website( ). In 1999, her artwork was commissioned by the city of Arcata, CA to celebrate and advertise their annual migratory bird festival, Godwit Days.

A limited selection of Linda's art has just recently become available as Limited Edition Giclee Prints, and a larger selection of her work is available as high quality digital prints and on fine art greeting cards. For further information, please visit Linda's AFC Website.


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