James D. Armstrong

Born in Pasadena March 11, 1937, James Darsie Armstrong passed on to his new life early Sunday morning, January 5, 2014.

He leaves behind four wonderful children, eleven grandchildren, his ex-wife Michele Armstrong, his brother, Peter Armstrong, his elder brothers wife, Ingrid Armstrong, many other close relations, and his wife Lynn Conrad Armstrong. We will miss his unique approach to life - his amazing capacity to keep it exciting and enriching, and most of all, the endless depth of his mind and character.

A month before he died he wrote down the points about his life he wanted mentioned in his obituary. They pertain to his extensive career in the art world - his all-consuming passion in life.

After graduating from S. B. High School, he attended the L.A. Art Center, traveled through Europe for many months and then plunged into a dizzying schedule of art-related activities. They include founding the S.B. Art Institute in 1964 with Douglas Parshall, Joe Knowles, Ray Strong. During this time he was also a staff Sargent with the Calif. National Guard. From 1973 to 2013 he was an art instructor with S. B. City College Adult Education. He truly enjoyed the time spent with his many students - some attending his classes for over thirty-five years.

From 1966 to 1984 he was Curator at Gallery de Silva while also doing all the background sketches for the Mary Worth comic strip. He painted several hours almost every day of his life and had 17 one man shows in professional galleries from Calif. to Texas, four awards with Calif. Watercolor Society. And, most importantly, he loved his work with the Santa Barbara Art Association. (Past President 1972-3)

Our gratitude to Hospice is immeasurable. Jim requested there be no memorial service, just remembrance to Hospice for their saintly dedication to the ill and dying amongst us.

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Published by Santa Barbara News-Press from Jan. 8 to Jan. 18, 2014.
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Jim will truly be missed by myself and so many others. He encouraged and touched the lives of
so many artists on their journeys for artist expression. He always had time
for everyone. My heart goes out to
all his relatives and friends.
Peggy Fletcher
January 26, 2014
Mia Mead
January 15, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death. He was such a lovely person, a fabulous artist, and a gifted instructor. I feel fortunate to have learned from him. My thoughts go to his family and others close to him.
Jeanne Miller
January 12, 2014
I regret that although Jim was my colleague on the art faculty at Santa Barbara City College Adult Ed, I never got to know him personally--only by reputation, which was glowing. Those of us who remain behind can be encouraged and comforted by Jim's long career in art, knowing how he inspired and guided so many students over the period of a long career. The art world has lost a true champion. My sincere condolences to all family members, colleagues and friends.
Karen Browdy
January 9, 2014
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