“As an artist, I pursue images that reflect a simplistic and diverse view of African-American culture through personal experiences, imagination, and stories shared by friends and loved ones”.-Sondra Strong
Sondra Strong is an Instructional Math Facilitator in the Little Rock School District with a love for art that represents the African American culture. Ms. Strong’s love for art came at an early age when her father introduced her to oil painting. She began to take art classes throughout junior high and high school. Her love for art grew as she entered various competitions and programs in high school.
Ms. Strong also earned the distinction in high school of attending Arkansas Governor’s School in the field of visual arts. Her goal in life was to pursue a degree in art, but the tables turned and she received a degree in Math Education. During a visit to Chicago in 2003, she rediscovered her love for art through the mother of a college friend who was an avid collector of African-American Art. It was this particular visit that inspired her to paint again. Ms. Strong loves all aspects of culture and life, but she is particularly fond of what African-American life has to offer.
She expresses this fondness by painting the simplicities of life with bold colors and broad strokes. She primarily uses acrylic paints, and she continues to work hard to perfect her love of creating African-American art.
In December 2008, Ms. Strong was involved in a serious car accident that shattered both bones in her dominant right forearm. After receiving two plates and several pins to repair her injury, Ms. Strong was forced to take a hiatus from creating art. After months of prayers and encouragement from family and friends, Miss Strong decided to continue her dream of creating art.
Her goal is to share her art with everyone and to expand her craft to eventually represent the beauty of all cultures. Ms. Strong thanks God for the gift her father extended to her through the joy of painting.
In December 2011, Miss Strong received the honor of having two pieces of artwork permanently installed in Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creativity Arkansas Collection in Little Rock, Arkansas. Miss Strong has donated her artwork to several charitable organizations and scholarship fundraisers.
She has illustrated a children’s book, and her work has been featured at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia; Portfolio Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, Community Bakery and The Arkansas Studies Institute in Downtown Little Rock, and Arkansas State University in Beebe, AR.
In February 2014, Ms. Strong participated in the Creations in Ebony exhibit at the Edwardsville Arts Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, as well as having her artwork present to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe on behalf of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for Black History Month.
“Birth of Creativity”
“Tuning With Natures Art”
Sondra Strong’s art has been featured, displayed, donated and sold in 25 different events in Arkansas as well as Missouri, Georgia, and Indiana from 2006 Present. Below is her contact information.
Face Book Group: Sondra A. Strong Art