|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 paintings followed.
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.
Her latest texture and design paintings are now on view at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond. A major exhibition of her large acrylic canvasses, "Passenger to Paradise", is currently at the Ward Center for Contemporary Art. The Grand Opening of the new facility at 132 North Sycamore Street in Petersburg took place in June 2015.