Linda S. Wingerter grew up in a family of artists: her great grandfather painted church murals in Russia, her grandfather was a puppeteer, her grandmother was a miniaturist, her father was a graphic artist, and her mother is a book designer.
Encouraged from the beginning by her creative family, Linda decided to become a children's book artists at the age of four. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and spent her junior year in Rome with the European Honors Program. Since graduating in 1996 her paintings have been seen in financial magazines, computer software programs, science fiction novels and opera posters. Her award winning children's books include One Grain of Sand, by Pete Seeger, and The Water Gift and the Pig of the Pig by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She is a regular contributor to Cricket Magazine and a greeting card artist for Peaceable Kingdom Press.
Linda has been exhibiting since 1994 in places such as the Cenci Gallery (Rome), Huntington House Museum (Windsor, CT), and the Eric Carle Museum (Amherst, MA). Originals from her books have been displayed by the New York Public Library of Manhattan, and in the NYC Society of Illustrators. In 2002 she was chosen by the state of Connecticut to create an ornament for the official Blue Room White House Christmas tree in Washington, DC. Her paintings and sculptures reside in private collections around the world.
Linda performs under the name Polly Sonic as a fire dancer, puppeteer, roller skater, musical saw player, go-go dancer, and community event organizer. In 2011 Linda wrote, built and directed Luna's Sea, a feature length full stage puppet show for seven cast members developed for the Mystic Aquarium, and debuted in NYC in 2012 at the American Museum of Natural History. She's the creator and performer of the famous living Mermaid Statue, a resident puppeteer with Puppetsweat Puppet Theatre, and a staff member of the Yale School of Drama Costume Department.