Although Molly names her RVA designs with understated titles like Bridge, Skyline and River City, we love her high impact, elegant styles with their clean lines and integrated compositions. Whatever their names, Molly’s designs provide a fun and unique take on the city of Richmond. We print them with bold color combinations to highlight their fun, vibrant reflection of Richmond. Hope you enjoy.
I grew up with a mother who is a Professional Fiber Artist, so being “creative” was always a part of my life. In college, I majored in Digital Communications with a concentration in Design and a second major in Art, where I focused on oil painting. While I still paint from time to time, the introduction to digital art and design in college has professionally fit my lifestyle better.
And what are your ties to Richmond?
Originally I am from central Pennsylvania (Lancaster County to be exact), and moved to Richmond for a job after college. I have called RVA home for a little over two years now.
what is it you love about Richmond and where do you spend time?
I love the integration of the city and nature that exists here. It’s pretty rare to have a major river coursing through a city that affords kayaking, rafting, and hiking within the city limits. I grew up in the country, so while I’m thoroughly a city girl at heart I love still having the outdoors at my doorstep. I like to think I know most of the city pretty well, but especially the fan. Finding hidden treasures (be it cool eateries, awesome boutiques, or just cool spots tucked away down side streets) has always been one of my favorite hobbies.
So why take on this project with LocalWear?
I love the concept! It’s definitely a great way for communities and their artists to connect. Working with them has been great!
What inspired your favorite LocalWear design?
My inspiration was a combination of the vibe of the city and the visual aesthetic I see through out it. I’m not great at naming (there’s a reason all my paintings are labeled Untitled) so I named them descriptive titles: River City, Bridge, and Skyline.
tell me about your day job…
My full time job is as a User Experience Developer and Designer. A lot of people wouldn’t necessarily consider that art but to me it is. I continue to do graphic design and illustration on a freelance basis and as the inspiration hits me.
And what do you specialize in?
My style shifts and transforms pretty frequently based on whatever style of art is currently piquing my interest. The hardest part for me has always been translating my vision into reality. I go through a lot of versions before I find the one I like.
Lastly, how can people find you online?
I’m always open to discussing opportunities. I can be found online at:
Any parting advice, inspiration or ideas for young artists and designers starting out?
Don’t compare yourself too harshly to other people – when you do, you dampen the unique perspective you bring to the table.