"This piece is very personal to me; I made this piece because I needed an outlet to express the internal conflict and pain I was feeling inside when in my life I felt like I didn’t have the time to do so or show weakness when I felt it. In this piece, I tried to show my pain but also, highlight the realization that amongst all of this pain I know I can make it through it and I will fly once the cranes are gone."
Feature Artist: Zaria Armstrong
artwork title: 'Cranes in the Sky'
medium: Charcoal & Soft Pastel on Kraft Paper
size: 40" x 48"
price: NOT FOR SALE
"I am a 22-year-old 8th Generation Black Canadian artist from Oakville, Ontario that blends realism, expressionism, and pop art influences to create my drawings and paintings. I like to create artwork about what I know, and portraits of people to portray their uniqueness and beauty.
I am a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art. I’ve always loved doing art but it wasn’t until I started my art minor where I began to take art more seriously. Personally, I love to draw, so I usually work with art mediums like charcoal, pastels, graphite and etc. I hope to pursue additional techniques through digital art and continue to build my art portfolio."
Winner of the AFTERSHOCK art display
Artwork Title: 'Shanice'
Soft pastel & charcoal, 2020
"I had so much fun doing this piece; it really helped me push myself as an artist as well as, play and work with bold colors, shadow, and work on perfecting the likeness of a sitter. This artwork means so much to me because it is a depiction of my oldest sister Shanice. She is a strong, black, curvy, confident; independent, stylish, and opinionated woman who I have looked to for guidance and support for most of my life. I was inspired to make this piece of her because I like to create what I know.
Most black women, feel the pressure to act like superwomen, projecting themselves as strong, self-sacrificing, while coping with the stress of race and gender-based discrimination that occurs in their daily lives. My artistic goal of this piece was to express the strength, beauty, and self-acceptance that I see that my sister has in herself, but also the uniqueness and delicate pieces of her personality that you won’t truly learn until you get close."
Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this artist!