A native of California, Linda J. Parkinson 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. Linda’s beautiful watercolor paintings have shown and won awards throughout California and Oregon, and can be found in private collections nationwide. 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.” Linda’s artwork has been published in Wildlife Art Magazine, and in two books: Namibia, the Independent Traveler, Hippocrene Books and Catalog of California Seabird Colonies, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Publications. Linda works in several mediums, although she currently prefers watercolor & acrylics. Her subjects range from local to exotic birds and animals, with an emphasis on endangered species.