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.
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.
- 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.