Born, raised and educated in Southern California, Linda Jo Russell has pursued parallel careers as art educator and artist. She received a B.A. in education with a minor in art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She completed her graduate studies in Drawing and Painting at California State University at Long Beach where she received her M.A. in 1977 and M. F.A. in 1979.
In 1965, Linda Jo began her teaching career in the public school system, primarily teaching art to high school students. After receiving her M.F.A., her work as a teacher expanded to include drawing and painting courses at California State University at Long Beach. It was there that she connected with her colleague, Dr. Betty Edwards, author of the renowned book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. For several years, under the special guidance of Edwards and the Center for Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research at CSULB, she joined a select team of teachers that developed expertise in the method of teaching Perceptual Skills in Drawing. Since then, Linda Jo has taught workshops and extended courses in this method of drawing to both children and adults throughout the nation and abroad. Past teaching venues include Harvard and Cornell Universities, University of New Hampshire, El Camino and Los Angeles Harbor Community Colleges and many more.

Currently, she teaches in the Otis College of Art and Design, Evening College program (since 1999), focusing exclusively on the Perceptual Skills approach to teaching drawing. In the past, she taught at UCLA Extension in the Visual Arts (16 years) and Drawing and Painting/Advance Placement Studio Art for many years at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in California. There, she conducted programs that incorporated Disciplined Based Art and Perceptual Drawing Skills in the matrix of the California State Framework.

Parallel with her teaching career, Linda Jo maintains a commitment to her personal artistic development. She has continuously exhibited her artwork since 1978. Various college and university shows include California State University at Long Beach, University of Southern California, Brigham Young University and Loyola Law School. She was formerly represented by the Rubicon Gallery in Los Altos in California (now Klien Gallery in Chicago), and has exhibited in Los Angeles, California at the Art Store Gallery, the Bridge Gallery in the City Hall and the Site Gallery. Recently, she participated in a group show at the Palos Verdes Community Art Center in Palos Verdes, California.