Molly Box

Art & Photography

Molly (Box) Donnell  is an award winning artist, photographer and graphic designer who is native to Wyoming. Her passion for culture, the West and the great outdoors can easily been seen through her work. This site is a portfolio of her art and photography.

Artist Statement/Bio

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

 My goal is to capture the American West as it is now, rather than the mythology of what it used to be. In doing so, I like to use unconventional media, bright colors, and an impressionistic-to-modern style. I still often paint with oils, but I primarily create mixed media drawings/collages on mylar (which is a plastic-y, semi-translucent material), along with a plethora of media; including ink, watercolor, paper, pencil, china marker, acrylic and pastel. My themes are generally trout/flies (since I am an avid fly-fisherwoman), and North American western wildlife. Pronghorn antelope are a particular favorite. I use these traditional subjects to create colorful, stylized drawings that are multi-layered and unique. I'm a fan of bright colors, bold lines, and hidden complexity.

BIO: 

 I started at a young age by drawing from the great Wyoming wilderness around me, and my emphasis has always been wildlife art.

I was fortunate enough to study art at the University of Wyoming, and during that time I also studied abroad in France and participated in art classes there. I was heavily influenced by Post-Impressionism and Expressionism. Characteristics of these movements was using subjects pulled from direct observation, heavy stylistic adjustments and vibrant color, among others. I began to develop a looser, more impressionistic style. I also moved from solely grayscale drawings to using color with paint and ink. In college, I also did a lot of work from the human figure (which brought more life and movement to my work), as well as some architecture and still life. 

After graduating from college, in 2008, I returned to Cheyenne and have been working to establish myself as a regional artist.  I have been fly-fishing since an early age, and flies and trout are prevalent in my work. I dabble in wildlife and rodeo photography, and usually use the photos for my art projects or even to sell as prints. I was first exposed to drawing on mylar in college, and have just continued to work and experiment with it until I developed a easily recognizable style. 

I am fortunate to live in a place still covered in open land, and to be an "emerging" artist who lives here. I want to depict that there still is a wilderness, a place where you can still see large game animals grazing right across the street, without romanticizing and looking back to the past. 

Recent Resume:

 2018 Festival of the Arts, Saratoga, WY

2018 Festival of the Arts, Saratoga, WY

  • She received a "First Place" ribbon in Mixed Media for her piece, "European Mount" at the 2018 Festival of the Arts in Saratoga, WY.
  • Awarded a Contemporary Permanent Collection Purchase Award by the CFD Old West Museum at the Western Spirit Art Show in March of 2018 for the pice, "Quick Bite."
     
  • Molly has been accepted and exhibited in the Nationally Juried Western Spirit Art Show at the CFD Old West Museum in 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, & 2018.
  • Molly was selected as an artist to place a wrap around a traffic control box in downtown Cheyenne in 2013, and the wrap was placed (and is still there) in 2014.
  • She has been accepted into and exhibited in nationally juried shows across the country, including:
    • 4th Annual SAGE National Juried Show in Sheridan, WY in 2014
    • The "Call of the Wild" show at the Ciao Gallery in Jackson, WY in 2011
    • The "Animal Art Show" at the Irvine Art Association in Irvine, TX in 2010
       
  • Molly has had a consistently updated collection of original art, prints, and cards at the Works of Wyoming Gallery in Laramie, WY since September of 2012.