Quote from Virginia Barnes - Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, MA

"Monique Sakellarios was born in Egypt and was educated at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art and the American University in Cairo.  She moved to the United States while in her twenties.

She has painted professionally for almost twenty years and has accumulated an impressive number of national awards and has participated in dozens of juried exhibitions.   Ms Sakellarios is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association, a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.  She has been profiled in The Artist's Magazine (March 1997 and September 1997) as well as in The International Artist Magazine (August/September 1999).

Her paintings are characterized by their impressionist style and by their rich warm palette - an effect achieved in part through Ms Sakellarios' practice of priming her canvases with cadmium red.  She paints wet on wet and the resulting works reflect a fluidity of style and an immediacy which capture her subjects with compelling integrity.   Her landscapes are gentle, reflective worlds which are imbued with a quiet dignity and elegance.  As silent observer, Ms Sakellarios immortalizes the private world to which she often bears witness.  Figures may serve as distant focal points:  a young child standing in a sea of wildflowers, lost in some moment of child reverie ...a woman reading quietly amidst the shadows of a summer garden.  Ms Sakellarios' compositions resonate with light and sentiment and speak to a universally appealing theme of serenity and grace."

Virginia Barnes - Churchill Gallery, Newburyport, MA