Since graduation in 1980 with a MFA in painting, Mary Montague Sikes has continued to paint and teach artist workshops and classes. She is author of more than 10 books including the coffee table book, Hotels to Remember. She has written five published novels in the “Passenger to Paradise” series of stories set in exotic destinations. Her latest novel, Daddy’s Christmas Angel, won third place in the 2013 National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest. Her current fiction project, Dragonflies in the Morning, will be published later this year. She has created the artwork for many of the covers of her books. Visit her gallery at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond or Prince George Art & Frame in Williamsburg.