About the Artist
Linda Shields is an inspiring and accomplished artist committed to excellence in her craft and integrity in her business. She works closely with architects, designers and clients to achieve the distinctive patterns, detailed artwork and rich brilliant colors for which she has become known. Her works include private commissions, commercial signage, fireplace surrounds, murals for patios, kitchens, and baths. Her range varies by project and includes historic and contemporary; art nouveau, arts & crafts, nature scenes.
With an extensive design library and skills in illustration, Linda often studies the origin of the property, the local flora and fauna and the original architecture of the existing space. “I think of my art as a teaching tool in many ways. There is a story to tell in each painting, one that will inspire creativity in others and, at the very least, leave them with a sense of curiosity and joy.”
In 1993, after a successful career in marketing, Linda opened an illustration studio in Ventura, California, specializing in portraits. Her love for art led her to ceramics. In 1999, she established Atherton Tile Company in Redwood City, California, where she developed and marketed a line of decorative accent tiles to a national network of distributors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, has served on the board of directors for Silicon Valley Visual Arts and is a member of the Tile Heritage Foundation.
In 2001, Linda Shields was as a featured artist in “Ceramic Art Tile for the Home,” a Schiffer Book for Collectors, and her work appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show. Her work has been featured in the following publications:
Qualified Remodeler, Cover Story, August 2006
SignCraft, September 2006
“Ones to Watch,” HomeStyle by the Sea, Fall 2005
Veterinary Economics, June 2006
“Ceramic Art Tile for the Home,” a Schiffer Book for Collectors, 2001
Linda’s studio is now located in Monterey County, California, where she teaches and focuses on commissioned tile murals for commercial and residential installations.