My painting is a response to memory and color in the landscape and the architecture of a place.

The landscape of Summers in the San Juans: muted colors, the constantly agitated Salish sea, light at the end of the evergreen tunnel to the beach, crisp dry fields, driftwood thrown like pick-up sticks.

The landscape of Winters in the Coachella Valley of Southern California: blinding light, sharp edges, strong shadows, prickly plants, and folded barren hills trapping pink dawns, Mid-century architecture that is long and low punctured by window walls.

The landscape of Travel in Italy and France: painting Monet's lilies, a month in Rome looking at peeling walls, lines of vineyards in Tuscany.

Always with a sketchbook drawing in ink and watercolor, pocketing a memory to return to the studio. Feeding my restlessness. Move on.

My recent work has focused less on narrative, a challenge to make value, shape and color stand in for stories already told, pulling at the edges of reality to get to a deeper resonance of place.

Molly has always been an artist: as an interior designer, art teacher, potter and photographer, and now as a painter.

Starting as a painting major at Oregon State University but due to more practical concerns; she graduated from the University of Oregon in Interior Design then spent the next five years in New York City and rural Vermont working for architectural firms. She taught design at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Molly received a master's degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. She then moved west to Aspen, Colorado and taught photography at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, made pottery at the Anderson Ranch and owned a framing business.

Molly settled in Seattle, married, and worked in interior design before taking some time off to raise two lovely daughters.

Now able to return to her love of painting, she began studying at Seattle Academy of Art (now Gage Academy). As one of the first mentored students, she worked with Michael Stasinos, studied drawing with Margaret Davidson, watercolor with Tom Hoffmann, oil painting with Mitch Albala, as well as workshops and classes with Kurt Solmssen, Charles Emerson, and many others. She studied with Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson in Italy on four occasions.

Molly and her family are part-time residents of Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands, WA. The beauty of this island home continues to be a source of inspiration with its great opportunities for painting outside. Painting on site is so important that she travels to the southern California desert in winter.

Molly is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue her passion for art and gives heartfelt thanks to her husband Tom for his support and encouragement.

  • University of Oregon  B.A. Interior Design 1965
  • Rhode Island School of Design, M.A. 1969
  • Gage Academy, Seattle WA  2003-2009
  • Etruscan Places, Buonconvento, Italy 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Stuart Shils Workshop, Sedona AZ 2011
  • 2017  September 2-3, Lopez Island Studio Tour, Lopez Island, WA
  • 2017  Women Painters of Washington Gallery, "Threads ", July 5 –Sept 30, Seattle, WA
  • 2017  PAWA juried show "Small Gems", Scott Milo Gallery , Anacortes, WA
  • 2017  EAFA Open Abstract Show, Kirkland WA, Certificate of Merit Award
  • 2017  18th Annual Juried Palm Springs Art Show, Palm Springs, CA
  • 2017  La Quinta Art Museum, "Tell me a story: Women in the Arts", La Quinta, CA
  • 2016  Lopez island community center group show, WA
  • 2016  Southwest Arts Festival, Indio, CA
  • 2015  Fourth Corner Frames Bellingham, WA
  • 2015  "Itinerant" Dakota Arts Gallery, Bellingham,WA
  • 2015  Solo Show, Desert Art Center, Palm Springs, CA
  • 2014  Group Show, Colin Goode Gallery, Lopez Island, WA
  • 2013  Group Show, Lopez Community Center, Lopez Island, WA
  • 2013  Group Show, Colin Goode Gallery, Lopez Island, WA
  • 2012  September Lopez Island Studio Tour, Lopez Island, WA
  • 2012  Juried gallery member, Desert Art Center, Palm Springs, CA
  • 2012  Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds WA
  • 2012  14th Annual Juried Palm Springs Art Show "Palm Springs Weekend" Palm Springs, CA
  • 2012  "Through Foreign Eyes, International Artists and Civita Castellana" Civita Castellana Italy
  • 2011  Solo Show, Colin Goode Gallery, August
  • 2010   Solo Show, Colin Goode Gallery, August
  • 2009  Group Show,Colin Goode Gallery Lopez Island WA
  • 2009  Gage Alumni Show, Seattle WA
  • 2008   Group Show,Colin Goode Gallery Lopez Island WA
  • 2008  Group Show Depot Gallery, Anacortes WA
  • 2008  Alumni Show Gage Academy, Seattle, WA
  • 2007  Alumni Show Gage Academy,  Seattle WA
  • 2006  Landscape Invitational Show, Gage Academy, curated by Mitch Albala
  • 2005   Third Place Student Show Seattle Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
  • 2005  Small Works Show Seattle Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
  • 2004  Student Show Seattle Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
  • Desert Arts Center, Palm Springs, CA 2012 ‐ present
  • Colin Goode Gallery, Lopez, WA 2008 – 2015
Professional Affiliations
  • Women Painters of Washington
  • Plein Air Washington
  • Lopez Artist Guild 2011–present
  • 2011-present volunteer drawing instructor for Palm Springs middle schools through combined program with the Desert Art Center.
  • 2011 Shiny Apple Award from Palm Springs unified school district for contributions to arts education.