Cynthia Armstrong in the Spotlight Gallery

Friday, August 10 – Friday, September 28, 2018

We are warmly welcoming back Cynthia Armstrong to The Santa Cruz Art League and her wonderful classes!

“For as long as I can remember, science and art have been twinned influences in my work.  Drawing and painting brings me close to my subjects, and as a meditative practice, these artistic practices allow me to slow down enough to ask questions.
When drawing anything, it seems that many more questions arise than are
answered by mere observation, keeping me coming back for more. The interplay of rendering and questioning is my primary learning mode and is very  gratifying. It is not surprising then that I would gravitate to Jean Cocteau’s quote, “Art is science made clear,” a concept I whole-heartedly embrace. 
I’ve tried to introduce various aspects of
the method of ‘draw-question-draw’ when
I teach, and my students often surprise
themselves with their discoveries. And
really, isn’t that what it’s all about, to revel in the joy of discovery?”

—Cynthia Armstrong

Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate
certificate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree
in Education from Stanford University.
She has been a freelance illustrator and
artist for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Clients include The New York Botanical Garden, The National Park Service, and The California Native Plant Society.
Cynthia, as a published
illustrator, has traveled and journaled
extensively throughout her career.