Interview with Artist Molly Gardner


Q: How long have you been creating art for?
A: I did photography in high school and have been painting for about 5-6 years.

Q: What do you take away from art?
A: For me, my brain runs at 120mph 24/7 , this is a time for me whenI can stop thinking about other things in the world and sit and work on one task. It is almost a meditation and a really fun one at that.

Q: Where do you see yourself career wise in 5 years?
A: Live painting, and helping with these galleries is amazing, but I plan on going back to school for my masters so I can teach college level classes is my ultimate goal. I find it infinitely inspiring and rewarding to teach and be taught by young artists that want to be there learning.



Q: What inspires you?
A: Nature, and other artists. The absolute beauty in so many things and in untouched nature is insane. While it can’t ever be perfectly emulated or mimicked I like to do my best to show how I see its beauty and share it with the world.

Q: Are you involved with your community? If so, how?
A: There are so many communities of art and the one I have found myself most attached to is the live painting community, I have painted with hundreds of awesome painters and learned so much while traveling and painting with these friends . I also have helped with live art direction and curated at a couple festivals.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: That something in life will get to me  down so badly that it will make me give up on creating and I will start to live a life that doesn’t creatively inspire me what so ever.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do with your time off from life?
A: SWIM. Colorado doesn’t have too much water but it makes it even sweeter when I do get a taste.

Q: Have you always felt comfortable with your medium?
A: No! I had know idea what I was doing at first and I still don’t at times to this day. I was completely foreign to paint when I started, but loved the way it moved and the way I felt doing it, so slowly but surely it took over my life. With any skill if you have true dedication I feel you can teach yourself anything even if you aren’t a “natural”.
Q: Why do you want to be an artist?
A: Because I can make things that have the ability to remove the viewer from the world we live in today if only for a few moments, and the joy and happiness it brings them.

Q: What are you limitations?
A: Getting distracted with every day life, and not allowing myself the time to create.



For more information on Molly Gardner check out her Facebook and Website here.

Photography by Danielle Herzog

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