Cynthia Armstrong is a graduate of the Science Communications/ Illustration Graduate program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and a Master's Degree in Education from Stanford University.   A freelance scientific and natural history illustrator since 1997, her work ranges from environmental education materials and  publications/advertising to fine art, employing a number of traditional techniques in a highly detailed manner.


For as long as I can remember, science and art have been twinned influences in my work.   Drawing and painting bring me close to my subjects, and as a meditative practice, it allows me to slow down enough to ask questions.  When drawing anything, it seems that  many more questions arise than are answered by mere observation.  The interplay of rendering and questioning is my primary learning mode  and is  terribly exciting and gratifying.  It's not surprising then, that I would gravitate to Jean Cocteau's quote, " Art is science made clear", which I whole-heartedly embrace.   I've tried to introduce various aspects of that method of 'draw - question - draw' to my students when I teach, and they 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