After her father's death, Redlands artist Linda Richards discovered a box of photo negatives he had left behind.
They had been shot in the 1930s and '40s, on black-and-white film, when he was young and unmarried. He had traveled to big cities, and the shots were from stage shows and road trips.
"Dad died in the early '90s," Richards said by phone. "He was always a good photographer, and we found all these negatives after he died."
Her father never saw the images he captured, but Richards had the photos developed and knew she had to do something with them.
"They were amazing," she said. "They were from his travels in 1939 and the early '40s. He was in his 20s."
Richards herself traveled to the places depicted in the photos -- standing, when she could, where her father had stood to take them. She figured out many had been taken from the back seats of taxi cabs or from her father's car.
In 2010 she took a painting class at the Redlands Art Association. Then she took another. Before she could say "I love retirement" she had developed skills in multiple art media, and had the means to put inspiration to canvas.
"Then I thought, oh my gosh, I found something I can do with Dad's photos," she said.
Richards made oil depictions of her father's photography. Some paintings are in color, and some are in sepia tone.
She painted 20 renderings of her father's art, and submitted 18 to the RAA, which scheduled a Featured Artist Show.
Richards' father's original photography will be on exhibit as part of the show.
"I was reminded of my own father, after reading Linda's description of her upcoming exhibition," said Sandy Davies of the RAA, by email. "She's sure to stir a lot of memories with her art."
One of Richards' paintings -- of Times Square in New York -- shows her grandfather in the crowd.
“I love how they tell stories, or how they show quirky vaudeville shows popular at the time, and of course, the street scenes are full of vintage cars and even old Checker cabs,” Richards said.
The Featured Artist Show featuring Linda Richards' artwork runs May 13 to June 3 at the Redlands Art Association at 215 E. State St. in Redlands. The show is free and open to the public. A public reception will be May 20 from 4 to 6 at the same location.