Mary Montague Sikes
The artwork of Mary Montague Sikes has been
exhibited nationally and internationally. Her paintings are in the collections
of the College of William and Mary Law
Library, Media General, Philip Morris, Marriott Hotels, SuperClubs Jamaica, One
Capitol Square (Richmond VA), and many more. Her work is also part of numerous
private collections in the United States and abroad.
Throughout the years, this artist has explored
many different series of work including portraiture early in her career. For
her MFA thesis in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University, she created a
series of pastel working drawings and large acrylic and oil paintings on canvas
of scenes from the Rocky Mountains. A series of joyful tropical foliage
Always enamored with color, Sikes currently is
exploring a new series of paintings on stretched canvas that use color and
texture to highlight design in her work. To share the joy she finds in this
experimental art, she is teaching workshops, "Creating with Texture and
Color," at various locations.
Fascinated by trips she has taken in recent years
to National Parks, Sikes has begun a series of work in pastels of park scenes.
These are documented periodically in posts on her blog, Notes Along the Way: http://marymontaguesikes.blogspot.com.
Her work now on view at Crossroads Art Center is
from a blog challenge in April 2013 when she decided to make a painting a day
to create, "Animals A to Z." This became more of a challenge than she
planned when she also took a week-long painting workshop during the same period
of time. Using her own photographs and those of her daughter, Amy Sikes, taken
during her last visit to Tasmania, the artist created 26 small acrylic
paintings on canvas. Although she never planned to make a show of the work,
Sikes discovered the creations were spontaneous and joyful and that they would
work together for an exhibition. The animal paintings were first shown at
Prince George Art & Frame in Williamsburg in November 2013.
Learn more about artist, author, and photographer
Mary Montague Sikes at www.marymontaguesikes.com.