Sherita Armstrong is a San Antonio artist that works in digital illustration and acrylic painting primarily. Her focus is the black female/femme form explored through spiritual and natural symbolism. She currently has a BFA and MFA in Creative Writing - Fiction. During her undergraduate studies she also minored in Studio Art.
As a child she was curious about painting, drawing, and learning about art history. She spent time flipping through books filled with religious art and symbolism from all over the world, and much of that early experience is seen in her art. In spite of her love for artistic expression, she was also a painfully shy artist. She hid much of what she created, and during her formative years heard from some people that, "Black girls don't do art." As she got older, she started to allow her fear of rejection to overpower the joy she felt when she picked up a paintbrush or a pencil. And even though she had the encouragement of her family and friends, she still struggled to feel worthy enough to be considered talented. So, she focused on her second loves, literature and writing, and chose to keep painting and drawing as something she did privately and rarely shared with the world.
She tried hard to keep that part of herself hidden, but she could never help pulling out a pen, or a pencil, or a stylus, and began drawing in meetings, gatherings, teaching sessions, and so on. She started really listening to the good things people said about her art, and fighting with the voice in her head that repeated what a foolish few hissed at her years ago. She also started following other black women who are bold and talented artists on social media for inspiration. She began working with digital illustration, but mainly painting and drawing, and found her voice and vision again. She currently sells prints of her art, and does commissioned work upon request -- while maintaining a full-time job in writing
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