Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 6, 2010

Illustrator Saturday – Linda Townshend

Linda was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1955 and moved between Japan and the United States during her youth.  While in Japan, she studied privately with several Japanese painters and was also trained in the traditional Japanese art forms of sumi-e (ink painting), Japanese dance and flower arranging. 

She later graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA in illustration, with additional emphasis on calligraphy and realist painting.  She has since had a long, productive career as an illustrator, painter and calligrapher.  

Clients have included AriZona Beverage Company, Cigna Corporation, The Historical Society of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kennedy Health System, Highlights for Children and numerous textbook publishing companies.  She taught painting, drawing, and calligraphy for many years at Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, NJ.

Over time the demand for Linda’s portraits increased with a focus on beloved family pets.   She continues to do a variety of illustration work, highlighted by her long relationship with AriZona Iced Tea.  She is recognized for her attention to detail and her ability to capture the individuality and essence of her portrait subjects.  

Her oil paintings are executed in the style of the old masters, with a detailed under-painting and many layers of luminous glazes.  A good example of the under-painting technique is her portrait of Arnold Palmer, which was used for some Arnold Palmer Iced Tea products show here.  Since the painting was to be reproduced in black and white for the labels, she left the under-painting as-is, without adding any color glazes.

Further information on Linda’s pet portraits and illustrations, visit  Hope you enjoyed viewing Linda’s art.  I just love her little dog on the red background with the black and white sweater.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, Linda, what incredible work! I LOVE when paintings are almost photographic in quality with such detail! (And I used to drink AriZona Iced Tea too 🙂

    What I can’t help thinking is that the puppy in your arms is one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Awesome Work!


  3. Absolutely incredible!

    I had to take a second and third look at some of them because I thought they were photographs.


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