It all started when...
Richichi, born in Montgomery, NY received an easel at the age of two. Her first award was earned in first grade. Her grandfather, a house painter, taught her how to see and mix color at the age of five although it came quite naturally for Linda. Her first portrait commission was at age sixteen.
She became a make-up artist and continued to study art while she working as a Sr. Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics in South Florida where she earned the famous pink Cadillac. She knew she wouldn't be happy unless she was a painter so she resigned to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz. Soon she received a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America to attend the Art Students League in New York City and became a full time portrait painter. In 2011, her path again changed. This time she would turn to nature to paint landscapes as she healed from the loss of a dear friend. This began her realization that art can help to heal us. Her artwork now is exhibited in hospitals nationally.
Linda had studied with John Phillip Osborne, Andrew Lattimore and many more modern masters. She earned many Best of Show Awards including one at the International Plein Air Painters (I.P.A.P.) Worldwide Paint Out at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in 2006. The award winning painting now hangs in the Ontario, Canada City Hall. In 2012 Richichi was voted the National Best Intuitive Artist from About.com (then a NY Times company).
Her work was critiqued favorably and written up by art critic Raymond J. Steiner, ART TIMES in the June 2006 issue. She was invited numerous times to the Door County invitational paint out and participates in paint outs nationally. She received a first place award most recently at the Palm Beach Paint Out in Jan. 2017. Richichi has exhibited extensively around North America including the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City with the Pastel Society of America. Her work is collected globally.
Major commissions include Mini Cooper Corp., Mercedes Benz Corp. and one of the many hospitals that collects her work, Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, has commissioned her for an entire collection.
A recent exhibit called “Arboreal”, was held at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL featuring landscape paintings that highlighted her love of trees. Read what Fine Art Connoisseur said about the exhibit (click here).
She teaches in Sarasota, FL, in Italy and on cruises.