Linda Olafsdottir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, and then moved to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art University. She now resides in California.
Her web site has examples of both her illustration and her gallery paintings, as well as a sketchbook section and a blog.
Olafsdottir’s illustrations have an appealing innocence and charm, and range from sketch-like to more naturalistically rendered. Her gallery painting likewise show a range of approach. I found many of the drawings in her sketchbook particularly appealing.
Her blog includes many preliminary sketches for her finished illustrations, and often puts the images in context with the book project for which they were completed.