Annette Sykes is a painter who works in oil paint, watercolors and pastels, painting seascapes, cityscapes, figurative art and still life. 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) and other art galleries around the North Shore of Boston, including Marblehead Arts and SalemArts.
Annette has a studio at LynnArts and is the Gallery Director and Founder of GALA. She has also been appointed to the Lynn Public Arts Commission. In addition to her volunteer efforts to support the arts community, she directs and supports weekly figurative arts groups around the North Shore, bringing together groups of artists who draw and paint from the model, forming a community of artists.
After spending her formative years in the Midwest, she studied fashion design in New York in the mid-90’s and then transitioned to the fine arts when she moved to Boston. Annette worked at First Expressions, an art gallery just off Newbury Street, while attending post-baccalaureate courses at Mass 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. She then returned to the East Coast and settled in Lynn. Having now, spent almost half of her life here, she feels warmly connected to the community. She lives across from Red Rock Park with her husband and paints often along the beaches and in the park.