Mary Montague Sikes

 

Artist and Author

West Point, Virginia

 

Mary Montague Sikes is living her childhood dream of becoming an artist. A passion for color

and a love of nature are evident in the diverse works of arts she has created for over 30 years in her Virginia studios. After studying painting, sculpture, and ceramics at the University of Mary Washington and the College of William and Mary, she earned her MFA in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University (ranked the #1 public university school of arts and design in the country by U.S. News & World Report). She continues to study with well-known painters, including Robert Burridge, Mary Ann Beckwith, Janet Rogers, Mary Alice Braukman, and many others. Most recently, she has developed a passion for encaustic and mixed media painting.

 

An avid traveler, Sikes has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and much of the Caribbean. With a camera always in hand, she enjoys photographing spectacular locations and remarkable landmarks. The flamboyant colors of the Southwest and the Red Rock scenery of Sedona, Arizona especially intrigue her. Over the years, she has created numerous large canvas paintings of the Rocky Mountains which were the subject of her master's thesis. Her most recent works are bright abstract and joyful paintings on canvas that depict her love of texture and color.

 

An award-winning artist in pastels, acrylic paintings, sculpture, and photography, she has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. Her paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

 

She is also an award-winning author of eight novels, a coffee table book, short stories, hundreds of feature articles, and more. Her novel, Eagle Rising, is set in Sedona, AZ. Her current project, Dragonflies in the Morning, features an artist as its protagonist.

 

A signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, Sikes is also a member of  the Metropolitan Richmond Artist Association, Gloucester Arts on the Main, and This Century Art Gallery in Williamsburg. In addition to her studio in West Point, she maintains a gallery at Crossroads Arts Center in Richmond, Virginia. Her work is on view at Claris Financial at Innsbrook in Richmond and at Prince George Art and Frame in Williamsburg.

 

Mary Montague Sikes

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