Linda Eicher is an American artist, born and raised in Southern California. She studied classical art and the fundamentals of sculpture in college, where she developed her love of portraiture. She has been represented in past years by several Southern California galleries and has been accepted into several statewide and local Cultural Museum art shows. She has greatly admired the writings of Anne McCaffrey for over 35 years and has been creating character portraits from some of Ms. McCaffrey’s beloved Pern Series of books for the past several years.


The Pern Museum & Archives is honoured to have such an esteemed and recognised artist making exclusive portraits for its musem and encyclopedia but when this portrait was offered as the 'piece de resistance' of the ten year anniversary of the website the curator (Hans van der Boom) was "mildly blown away" with the appropriateness, quality and honour to be able to start the festivities with such an outstanding piece of Pern art. Both artist and the Pern Museum's curator are aware that, as lovers of the Pern Chronicles, we all have our own special image of the persons we came to read about, know and love, but how special is it when a friend catches exactly the very essence and image of what's in another fan's mind? That alone would make this portrait of Master Robinton very special. But that, of course, is probably of more importance to Hans than to you, the viewer and visitor of the Pern Museum. A museum that is being enriched by this portrait like a museum on Earth today would be enriched had it been offered a chance to acquire a painting by a world famous master to add to its collection.
 
Master Robinton and Zair at Cove Hold where he raises his glass to us with the tropical beach in the background through the windows.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Sallah Telgar, made for the Perm Museum & Archives in May 2007. Sallah is a true hero of Pern who'se portrait was sorely missed and will forever take pride of place in this series. It was an appropriate portrait to start the series with. In the background we see one of the shuttles of which Sallah was a pilot.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Admiral Paul Benden, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in July 2007. As a tribute to Anne McCaffrey, Linda used the very blurry and unclear picture of colonel G.H. McCaffrey a.k.a."'the Kernel" (Anne's father) that appears in Anne's biography Dragonholder as the basis for the portrait. And what a magnificent portrait it has become! In the background scene we see both Admiral Benden and Governor Emily Boll flying the Pern and FSP flags while the first colonists set foot on the planet.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Governor Emily Boll, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in November 2007. This project culminated in a rather detailed portrait and scene from the metereology tower at Landing with Emily sitting at her desk surrounded by objects of work and mementos from her private life. Emily was born on Altair 75 years before Landing and was governor of First Centauri. She died in the year 16 (the fever year), probably at Fort Hold. Her husband, chef and manager of the mass catering at Landing, Pierre de Courci, founded Southern Boll Hold and named it after his beloved wife.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Tarvi Andiyar (Telgar), made for the Pern Museum & Archives in December 2007. His partner Sallah Telgar was the subject of the first portrait in this series and with this portrait her beloved Tarvi joined her! On special request Linda also pictured two other early Pern characters in the background (that shows the work on the Fort caves): Cobber Alhinwa and Ozzie Munson, the last of which helped Tarvi founding Telgar Hold and settled there.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Red Hanrahan, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in January 2008. While not a major protagonist in the wider scheme of things, the interesting character of Oliver Peter Plunkett (Red) Hanrahan, the father and father-in-law of Pern's first Weyrleaders Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, does have his own very special short story: The Ford of Hanrahan. It's a wonderful story telling of a group of colonists traveling from Fort to the new founded Ruatha Hold and the dangerous fording of a river in spate. Linda has chosen that scene to be the background of this sixth portrait in the series for The Pern Museum & Archives. From heavy oxen to the oddly shaped cart made from a sled, carrying the airlock doors that were to be installed as the new Hold's doors to the power torches and horses King and Cloudy; all is there, while the ominous sense of real bad weather hangs over all...

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Kitti Ping Yung and Wind Blossom, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in February 2008. This time we get to see two ladies without whom there would be no dragons and no watchwhers: Kitti Ping Yung and her daughter or granddaughter Wind Blossom; their family relationship depends on whether you are/were a reader of the UK or US edition of the book on the Pern Colonists and their first years on our beloved planet. Kitti Ping looks exactly as the stern, grand old Asian lady in her tenth decade who, by her studies in the Great Beltrae Halls of Eridanis made possible mentasynth firelizards and of course, the dragons!
The scene coming from the skilled hands of Linda, who must surely have a spiritual bond to Pern and the Pernese, that comes with this double portrait is an extra special one. Around the massive microbiological unit, it shows not only the great and super talented bio-geneticist and her granddaughter but in addition two others who have been instrumental in the work on firelizards and dragons both: zoologist Pol Nietro and micro-biologist Bay Harkenon, his wife. The whole scene outstandingly depicts the wonderful atmosphere there must have been at the science lab when working on the dragonproject, with admiration and dutiful attentiveness for Kitti but with a hint of humour and radiating hope... hope for the future of Pern!

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Sean Connell, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in March 2008. "Admiral Benden Sir... may I present the Dragonriders of Pern?"Who doesn't remember this gripping last sentence from Dragonsdawn, the First Chronicles of Pern. This portrait and scene by Linda Eicher features the first seventeen dragonriders. Seventeen courageous young people, seven men and ten women, who had only recently been confronted with the death of the first dragonrider and his dragon: Marco and Duluth. Who had worked their butts of helping in the evacuation north. Who had only recently Impressed their dragons and were not only new to such a bond but also to flying, their dragons capabilites like going between and most of all, to the job of a fighting dragonrider. One young man almost automatically became their leader and later the first Weyrleader of Pern: Sean Connell, a young lad from an Irish traveling folk family. He became one of Pern's ultimate heroes, leading 'his' dragonriders to victory over Thread again and again in that First Pass. Not an easy task because almost everything had to be learned, learned at cost, great cost at times. But in Sean Connell the Dragonriders of Pern had a capable and charismatic leader who was smart, cunning, courageous and wise. A man to trust and to follow. A man that made history and became a legend.
When it was decided that Sean Connell's was to be the next portrait, artist Linda Eicher didn't need long to decide on the accompanying scene... Young Sean Connell saluting Admiral Benden and presenting the dragonriders sould be it and nothing else. A scene with much emotion, possibly written by Anne McCaffrey while she was thinking of her father's funeral, with her older brother Hugh, also a military man, saluting his father for the last time, a scene that moves her every time she recounts it, even after more than five decades. As usual Linda Eicher has caught the atmosphere perfectly and gives us a magnificent scene that, whatever your personal mental vision of Sean may be, will have to be admired by everybody.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Sorka Hanrahan, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in July 2008. It wasn't really a surprise that after Sean, Sorka Hanrahan would be the next installment in the portrait series. Sorka, a member of the original first eighteen dragonriders and first Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, and Pern for that matter. The scene Linda picked for this portrait is the famous "bathing scene" at Landing with two ten day old dragons and their fast learning riders. This delightful scene, with the silliplas pool and the houses at Landing and the mountain range in the background, catches an endearing moment in the lives of the first Weyrleaders of Pern. A moment in the lives of two extraordinairy people who led the Dragonriders of Pern to victory in many battles with Pern's enemy. A pair that was instrumental in laying the basis for many generations of heroes who rode their dragons in defense of the People of Pern!

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


Avril Bitra, made for the Pern Museum & Archives in October 2008. Among the most interesting characters Anne McCaffrey created in her Pern series are the villains and thinking of especially female villains the name of Avril Bitra automatically pops up first. Fans are still wondering why there was ever a major Hold named after her, though admittedly it is populated by the least liked of Pern's inhabitants, and who doesn't know Avril's famous last words... "Shove it Benden. You know where! You'll get nothing out of me. Oh, shit! Oh, shit! It's not the - oh, shiiiitt." The last with four i's and two t's. The Dragonsdawn characters could not be incorporated in the wonderful bookThe People of Pern but thanks to our very special "Pern Artist" Linda Eicher we can now see Avril Bitra in full glory, well... almost :-) Linda has outdone herself with this erotic and sexy scene (boy will this earn me a lot of Google hits) and has yet again succeded in placing all aspects of one of Anne's characters in a more than wonderful portrait. An extra special touch is that in the portrait Avril is holding the Shavva bint Faroud ruby.

© Copyright by Linda Eicher.


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