Linda M. Feltner is an artist who specializes in both the aesthetics and
science of natural history. Not only does her work represent the strict standards
of accuracy for natural history but through her Fine Arts background, she
combines the creativity of artistic design with the realism of nature into
what has become her trademark.
Sketching in southern Utah
photo by C. Shelton
Her multi-disciplinary career includes interpretive consulting and interpretive
media design, book and magazine illustrations, numerous solo exhibitions,
classroom teaching, commissions, lectures to professional organizations. She
designs both indoor and outdoor exhibits including free-standing panels, kiosks,
murals and interactive graphics. She has created interpretives for zoological,
botanical, geological, and historical subjects.
Linda’s experiences span more than 32 years painting and drawing, 25
years as a natural history guide, 23 years working one-on-one with clients
to design interpretive graphics and 16 years as sole-proprietor of her business.
She has been an instructor for the Scientific
Illustration Program with the University of Washington,
North Cascades Institute, and the Arizona-Sonora
Desert Museum Art Institute.
Her combined experience has allowed her to produce numerous exhibits for
the National Park Service, the Bureau
of Land Management, the US Forest Service
(AK, AZ, CA, OR, WA) and Mount
St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and other state, municipal and private
agencies, departments, museums and organizations. Her scope includes interpretive
planning and signage design, artwork, graphic design, camera-ready mechanicals,
and coordination with manufacturers.
To each project, she brings her extensive, first-hand knowledge of and enthusiasm
for the subjects, which often concern personal favorites such as ornithology,
aquatic ecology, botany, geology and river morphology, as well as a variety
of ecosystems. She also enjoyed bringing to life the rich cultural history
of Native Americans and pioneers.
On most of these varied projects, Linda lead the design process throughout
the project, coordinating with architects, landscape architects, resource
planners, archeologists, biologists and the public.
Wildlife Artist and Graphic Designer
Design, planning, illustrations and manufacture coordination for zoological,
botanical, geological and historical interpretation. Paintings and drawings
for brochures, magazines, books, murals, kiosk and logo design. 1989-Present
Art Director and Field Guide
Peregrine Tours, Inc. 1979 - Present
Registrations & Affiliations:
- Artists for Conservation
- Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
- National Association for Interpretation
- Washington Ornithological Society. Board Member
- Chair, The Ornithology Group of Houston
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute
- University of Washington Extension, Scientific Illustration
- North Cascades Institute
- Painting and Drawing Workshops
- Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2009 Conference, Ft. Kent, ME. Presenter
- San Francisco Art Institute
- Huxley College, Department of Ecology, Bellingham, WA
- National Association for Interpretation, National Convention
- National Association for Interpretation, Pacific Northwest Chapter
- Washington Ornithological Society
- The Ornithology Group, Houston, TX
- The Texas Ornithology Society
- Wildlife Photography Field Classes, S.F. Austin St. University
Jones & Jones, Architects & Landscape Architects, Seattle, Washington.
Illustrator, Graphic Designer. 1984-1989
Illustrator, The Houston Zoological Gardens, Houston,
Graphic design and illustrations, directional signage, interpretive panels,
labels, photography, and brochures. An in-house production department. 1981-1984.
Graphics Team Member for the Kipp Aquarium.
Art Instructor, Royal High School, Brookshire, Texas
Grades 9-12. Drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and art appreciation. 1984.
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
MA; Painting, Photography ; May 1975.
BFA; Painting and Drawing (Minor: Art History); May 1973.
|U.S. National Park Service
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Bureau of Land Management
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Mt. Baker Ranger District
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest
Columbia Gorge Ranger District
Coronado National Forest
Tongass National Forest
Misty Fiords National Monument
Washington Department of Fisheries
Washington Department of Wildlife
|Nisqually River Council
Washington Department of Ecology
Okanogan National Forest
City of Bellevue, WA,
City of Federal Way, WA
City of Lacey, WA
City of Redmond, WA
City of Burien, WA
Snohomish County Public Works
Northwest Trek, WA
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL
Pt. Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA
Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR
Santa Ana Zoo, CA