Chicago artist CouSandra Armstrong brings nature and more to her work

CouSandra Armstrong

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then CouSandra Armstrong’s work captures an infinite number of words. The imagery of her photographs stops the viewer and makes him or her reflect on what the artist’s message is hidden in beauty. Armstrong was among more than 20 artists showcasing their vast talent at the Delta Sigma Theta alumnae chapter’s annual art show. As usual, the teeming crowds that poured into the newly renovated Gallery D’ESTEE were not disappointed. –tony binns

Tell us about your work and your artistic style.
I am a photographer.  It is overlay.  I am a  freelance photographer and when I started out I started appreciating nature itself and as I go along I’ve incorporated not only nature, but I’ve incorporated people within nature, and sometimes animals within my work.  I love the woods.  I walk in the woods every day and as I walk in the woods I see the most beautiful things just sitting there so what I’ve done is I’ve taken the flowers from gardens and incorporated them in the woods. I’ve taken trails and the streams, and the sky and put them together to get a full scale of life as life is.

How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been at my craft for seven years; as I go along I find more interesting images. People walk along and see things, but don’t see things.  My purpose is to bring out the things you are not seeing.

What inspires you as an artist?
I’ve always loved art.  The artist speaks to the person looking at the art. …  I am impressed by the thought that you can pick up a pen or pencil or a paint brush and put something on a canvas or paper and it becomes a language and I am always impressed by that language.

Who are some of the other artists you admire?
Gordon Parks as a photographer. When he came along I was always interested in his work as a nature lover. More importantly was the work he did taking in a historical account of the civil rights and the injustices of those times. Georgia O’Keeffe with her flowers and her visions of New Mexico landscapes, the mountains and blue skies was always very interesting and an impressive art from a different viewpoint in nature.  No one has really inspired me to do what I’ve done only the beauty of life and the love of nature.

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