Arleen Armstrong was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was artistically creative early in her life and attended John
Herron Art Institute in grade and high school years. Arleen
earned her B.A. at Butler University, Indianapolis, majoring in
Botany, Zoology and Clothing Design. She completed her degree
in Respiratory Therapy at the University of Chicago.
Feeling a sense of security and love within the
mountains, Arleen transplanted herself to Asheville, North Carolina
in 1981. In 1988, she was moved and influenced by the
statement of Joseph Campbell, "Follow your bliss". She
reentered a life in fine arts by attending art classes at the
University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her work has been
exhibited at numerous juried student exhibitions and in 1994, made a
major artistic statement in the UNCA fine arts magazine, The
Seventh Veil. In 1995, she received first prize for Best
Drawing at the UNCA Student Exhibition.
Arleen says, "My art comes from my daytime dreams and
fantasies. When the fantasies are drawn on paper, they become
real to me with greater clarity. I like working in monochrome
because the subject matter itself is very complex. I am
greatly influenced by the psychological and conceptual concerns
of Giorgio de Chirico, Max Klinger and Kathe Kollwitz."
Arleene's work is intriguing and complex in terms of
the subject matter and its composition. Beginning with an
emotional statement in fantasy, experience, or reflection, she
creates a collage of contrasting elements where the real world
collides with the other side.
Arleen is following her bliss at the drawing table,
on canvas in fabric and with natural stones fashioned into stylish
jewelry. Her works are just beginning to develop in content
and her pathways are numerous. She welcomes inquiries at shows