Christopher Lenfest Armstrong

KENT — Christopher Lenfest Armstrong died in July 2019.

Christopher was born May 27, 1967, in Lewisburg, Pa.  From the time he was 4 years old, he lived on a farm in Unityville, Pa.  He grew up with a little sister, a wonderful collie dog, a 3/4-acre pond for swimming and skating, an ancient Amish work horse and sheep and chickens.  

Chris was captivated early on by music, listening to LPs for hours and changing the record when he was 2 years old. He loved TV, movies, theater, Marvel comics and visual arts and played soccer, Frisbee and club hockey.

Chris attended Hughesville, Pa., public schools, participating as lead in several productions.  He then attended the Taft School, acting as Danny Zucko in “Grease.” He studied painting there under Mark Potter. He graduated from Taft in 1985.  

Chris attended Bucknell University, sang with the Bison Chips, an acapella group, and attended A.C.I. Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, an exchange program. He received his B.A. in 1989. He then attended New York University, earning an MFA with concentrations in art and philosophy in 1993.

Chris and his former wife, Tatiana Dillen, lived on Skiff Mountain in Kent and their daughter, Lily, was born in August 1999.  He had a wonderful exhibit at the Morrison Gallery in Kent and continues to be represented there.  

Since 2003, Chris and his family lived in Gloucester, Mass., where he became  an artist “Of the Sea.” He worked on large canvas and aluminum panels, developing consummate skill in rendering light on water and waves. He taught himself surfing and was in the water year-round.   He often jumped in the ocean in the morning and evening.  

Chris worked on his skills with the guitar, composed and sang with close friends in Gloucester. Although he was shy about performing music publicly, it was said that he was a better musician than artist. He followed the English band Oasis. 

He practiced yoga and became a certified instructor although he did not teach. He read Joseph Campbell and Thich Nhat Hanh, and was interested in the achievements of ancient civilizations and energy coordinates on the earth.

In addition to the Morrison Gallery, Chris’ paintings are represented by the Beth Urdang Gallery in Boston, Mass., and the Henoch Gallery in New York City. His art work is collected by the Bennington Fine Arts Museum,  Geisinger Hospital, Fidelity Inc., and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Chris’ father, prominent artist David Armstrong, died in 1998.  

He is survived by his daughter, Lily; his mother, Georgia Armstrong; his sister, Katy, and her children, Atticus and William; his Uncle Christopher F. and his wife, Meredith, and their daughter, Rebecca; his Aunt Mary “Mimi” Armstrong and her husband Alston “Stoney”; his Aunt Jan Antonucci and her husband, Robert; his cousins, Jacklyn and Robyn; and his  brother-in-law, Nick Aigner.

The family plans a memorial service in Kent at St. Andrews Episcopal on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., and in Gloucester next summer.

Remembrances can be sent to his daughter, Lily D. Armstrong, 57 Eastern Point Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; and his sister, Katy Armstrong, Kent School, P.O. Box 2009, Kent, CT 06757.