Linda Pepper attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison as an art major with a concentration in metal working. Pepper transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City where she changed her major to painting with a minor in drawing. Since 1982, Pepper has lived in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has worked as a volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution in Design and Production and taught briefly in the Corcoran Gallery of Art summer program.
Currently, Pepper is the Congressional Art Competition Coordinator for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, MD-8. She continues to draw and paint using a variety of media: oil, watercolor, graphite, ink on surfaces ranging from linen to folding wooden screens, and to exhibit her work.