Annette Sykes- President and Gallery Director

Annette Sykes is an objective painter who works in media ranging from oil to watercolor to pastels, especially when she is painting her favorite oceanscapes and cityscapes. She also works with a range of drawing materials especially when doing life drawing and portraiture.  She works mostly from direct observation. As an observational artist, Annette draws and paints what she see. Annette has a studio at at the LynnArts building and is the Gallery Director for GALA (the Galleries At LynnArts). She has also been appointed to the Lynn Public Arts Commission. Annette studied fashion design in New York in the mid-90's but then transitioned to fine arts when she moved to 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 Annette graduated from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco with an MFA - focus on textiles. She then returned to the East Coast and settled in Lynn. Having now spent a third of her life in Lynn, teaching in Lynn Public Schools, Annette feels warmly connected to the community. She lives on the ocean with her husband, across from Kings Beach and Red Rock Park from which she draws much inspiration for plein air paintings.