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