"I paint the sea not only as I see it but as I think it. The process of creative production requires one to be disciplined, specifically with regards to generating and focusing of energy."

Artist Chris Armstrong ’89 credits Bucknell with giving him a multitude of career options. He says,“Coming out of Bucknell, with its rock-solid faculty, gave me more than one trajectory from which to choose.”

In a timely nod to the current campus master planning process, Armstrong comments, “Bucknell allows students a valuable incubation period for work and inspiration, particularly in its setting. As the campus has evolved, it has consistently and wisely recognized the power and value of its aesthetic.”

When asked about his most influential Bucknell experience, he speaks warmly about his semester abroad in Florence studying art and art history. Living in Florence, a city that Armstrong says “has benefited greatly by fostering its aesthetic legacy,” was life-changing for him.

Armstrong is known for his stunning seascape paintings, many of them oversized to accommodate the vastness of his subject, which engulfs the viewer. His love of the sea drew the Armstrong family to live in Gloucester, Mass., America’s oldest fishing port.

“Every day, I have contact with the ever-changing dynamics of the ocean,” he says. “I paint the sea not only as I see it but as I think it. The process of creative production requires one to be disciplined, specifically with regards to generating and focusing of energy.”

Armstrong received his MFA from NYU, where he won the school’s MVP award and exhibited at Washington Square East Galleries, In addition to his formal training and education, Armstrong also had the benefit of learning from his late father, David Armstrong ’69, an accomplished and widely collected artist. A 2007 article in The Boston Globe describes the younger Armstrong’s work as “amazing realist paintings.” Recently, his work was selected for the U.S. State Department’s ‘Art in Embassies’ program, and corporate collectors include Fidelity Investments. Visit Armstrong’s paintings.

Posted Spring 2009

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