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Nashua Artist Takes Risks in Her Painting

By Allison Wilson

From portraits to market scenes to natural landscapes to abstracts, Nashua artist Monique Sakellarios captures what she calls "a slice of life" in each of her impressionist paintings.

Sakellarios' work is displayed in galleries, museums and businesses across the country, including many locations in New Hampshire. She also exhibits in national competitions and has won numerous awards for her "light and warm" oil paintings, which have earned her an impressive list of corporate clients.

Sakellarios studied art in Cairo, Egypt, at the Leonardo Da Vinci School of Art, and the American University. There, she learned to welcome challenges in her painting and accept the "inevitable stage fright when approaching unfamiliar territories."

"Having certain character traits will help an artist succeed and not get discouraged," she says. "Discipline, determination, risk-taking and most of all perseverance are essential. I plan to keep exploring new venues while still being true to myself. I do a lot of traveling and enjoy painting the unfamiliar as well as the familiar."

In a 1999 article published in International Artist, Sakellarios recalled that her "first big break" came as a result of a well-established artist seeing her work and recommending her to the gallery in which he was exhibiting. That gallery went on to sell 83 of her paintings by the end of her first year there. But Sakellarios says she would "paint even if she wasn't selling" her work.

Sakellarios has made it her personal mission to pay forward the opportunities she received as an emerging artist and so she mentors other artists when she can. She's very involved in the artist community and is a member of many professional organizations, including Oil Painters of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New Hampshire Art Association, Hudson Valley Art Association and Cider Painters of America.

You can see and purchase Sakellarios' oil paintings at her gallery, Maison de l'Art, located at 57 East Pearl Street in Nashua. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and always by appointment.

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