Cynthia Armstrong




Art Educator - "Field Sketching and the Illustrated Journal", University of California; Santa Cruz, CA 2014

Art Educator - "Art Everyday: Creative Block Busting", Santa Cruz Art League; Santa Cruz, CA 2014

Art Educator - "Field Sketching and the Illustrated Journal", Santa Cruz Art League; Santa Cruz, CA 2013

Board of Directors  - Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center, Ben Lomond, CA, 2013

Youth Program Director - Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center, Ben Lomond, CA  2012  - 2014

Art Educator - "Field Sketching and the Illustrated Journal", Santa Cruz Art League; Santa Cruz, CA 2012

Art Educator - "Drawing from Nature", Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center; Ben Lomond, CA 2012

Art Educator - "The Art of the Illustrated Journal", Aromas Hills Artisans, Aromas, CA 2012

Human Anatomy & Physiology/Chemistry/Bioethics Teacher   Monte Vista Christian School    Watsonville, CA    2006 to 2011 

Biology Teacher/Anatomy & Physiology Teacher    Ann Sobrato High School    Morgan Hill, CA    2005-2006

Educator/Artist in Residence    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore    Munising, MI    September - October 2000

  • Participated in educational outreach program for local schools by teaching illustration as an integral strategy for developing observation skills in the science discipline
  • Developed artwork for National Park interpretive signs


Educator Consultant/Illustrator    New York Botanical Garden    New York, NY    June 1999

  • Developed botanical illustrations for Dr. Dennis Stevenson, 'Cycads of Columbia'
  • Developed botanical illustrations for Gerardo A. Aymard, 'Davilla sp.'


Educator/Artist in Residence    Glacier National Park    West Glacier, MT    June- July  1998

  • Developed artwork for National Park interpretive signs, handouts and trail guides


Teaching Assistant    University of California   Santa Cruz, CA   August 1997 - June 1998

  • Provided supplemental instruction in Natural Science Illustration to certificate graduate students


Teaching Assistant    University of California    Santa Cruz, CA    January 1994 - June 1994

  • Coordinated student research projects for lower division undergraduate geology course
  • Co-Responsible for weekly discussion sections, writing assignments, grading exams


Research Assistant    Moss Landing Marine Laboratories   Moss Landing, CA  September 1989 - June 1993

  • Assisted in collecting data on marine invertebrate wall communities in Alaskan fjords as part of NOAA grant



Science Illustrator    Freelance Consultant

Partial list of clients:

Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History; Santa Cruz, CA 

U.S. Forest Service, Mono Basin Scenic Visitors Center; Lee Vining, CA 

California Native Plant Society; Bishop, CA 

New York Botanical Garden; New York, NY 

Scientific American Magazine; New York, NY 

WildEarth Magazine; Richmond, VT 

U.S. National Park Service; Pictured Rocks National Seashore, MI

Herbario Universitario; Guanare, Venezuela 

Maine State Museum; Augusta, ME

U.S. National Park Service; Glacier National Park, MT 



Santa Cruz Art League Newsletter, volume 25, Issue 2,  April 2012

"Wabi-Sabi: Flawed Beauty"

Cycad Classification: Concepts and Recommendations, Pp 173-194, 2004 for D. Stevenson

'Zamaceae of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru'

The Botanical Review 70(2) 194-234, 2004 for D. Stevenson

'Cycads of Colombia'

Coastlines, Volume 31/ No. 2, Fall 2002 

‘Lake Ontario Algae Workshop’, p.19; two illustrations; Ulothrix and Spirogyra

Flora de Colombia,  Volume 21, Nov. 2001

‘Cycadales’, pp.39, 44, 52, 63; multiple illustrations

Twelve Thousand Years:  American Indians in Maine, University of Nebrask Press 2001.

'Ellipsoidal Clay Pot',  fig. 3-3, p. 78

2000 Interpretive Sourcebook, The National Association of Interpretation (NAI), Nov. 2000

‘Creative Block Busting’

Polar Biology, Volume 22, Aug 1999 

‘Sedimentation and Composition of Wall Communities in Alaskan Fjords’, pp. 38-49





  • M.A. Education and California Single Subject Credential in Biology


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ, CA    June 1998                         

  • M.A. Science Communications – Science Illustration



  • B.S. Marine Biology with Honors, Chemistry Minor