Annette Sykes is a painter who works in media ranging from oil to watercolors to pastels, especially when she is painting her favorite local oceanscapes and cityscapes. She also works with a range of drawing materials especially when doing life drawings and portraiture. She works mostly from life - as an observational artist, Annette draws and paints what she sees. She shows her work at the Galleries At LynnArts (GALA) in Lynn, MA and In the past has shown at other galleries around the North Shore of Boston - for now GALA keeps her very busy.
Annette has a studio at LynnArts in Lynn, MA and is the Gallery Director for the Galleries At LynnArts (GALA). She has also been appointed to the Public Arts Commission In Lynn, MA and has served as Chair and Secretary In addition to her volunteer efforts to support the Arts community on the North Shore of Boston, she directs a weekly Figurative Art Drawing Group at the Gallery, bringing together a group of artists who draw and paint from the model and forming a community of artists in Lynn.
After spending her formative years in the Midwest - Wisconsin and Missouri, Annette studied fashion design in New York in the mid-90’s and then transitioned to the fine arts when she moved to Boston. She worked at First Expressions, an art gallery just off Newbury Street, while she attended a post-baccalaureate course of studies in sculpture and textiles at the Massachusetts College of Art. In 2001, while living for a short time in San Francisco, Annette graduated from the California College of the Arts with an MFA - focus on textiles. She then returned to the East Coast and settled in Lynn, MA. Having, now, spent almost half of her life in Lynn, teaching in Lynn Public Schools, Annette feels connected to her community through art and education. She lives on the ocean with her husband, directly across from Kings Beach and Red Rock Park from which she draws much inspiration for plein air paintings.
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