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Molly grew up surrounded by art—her mother, Bee Sieburg, a painter and an art teacher, encouraged her from an early age to see the world as an artist would. They spent time drawing and painting outdoors noticing colors, forms, and compositions found in nature. She attended Wake Forest University where she received a BA with a focus in painting and graduated with honors. Her work is and has been in galleries, juried shows as well as solo and group exhibitions.
When describing her work, Molly says, “I am fascinated by paint...the feel of the medium, the effects of the brushes, the push and pull of line, plain and form. With this in mind, my work is as much about the process of painting as it is about the final image.” She describes each painting as its own unique experience. Inspiration begins with something specific, such as the color on a petal, the shape of a leaf, the line formed with a stem, and it continues…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 1
  • Joined November 16, 2010

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oil and oil stick on canvas

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About

Molly grew up surrounded by art—her mother, Bee Sieburg, a painter and an art teacher, encouraged her from an early age to see the world as an artist would. They spent time drawing and painting outdoors noticing colors, forms, and compositions found in nature. She attended Wake Forest University where she received a BA with a focus in painting and graduated with honors. Her work is and has been in galleries, juried shows as well as solo and group exhibitions.
When describing her work, Molly says, “I am fascinated by paint...the feel of the medium, the effects of the brushes, the push and pull of line, plain and form. With this in mind, my work is as much about the process of painting as it is about the final image.” She describes each painting as its own unique experience. Inspiration begins with something specific, such as the color on a petal, the shape of a leaf, the line formed with a stem, and it continues on from there--shifting and changing until completion. Much of the process is spontaneous and just as much is reactionary. The result is a painting that is layered and painterly, generally abstract yet essentially organic.
Molly’s faith plays an important role in the artwork as well and many of her titles have spiritual references. “Bringing my faith into my work gives purpose and excitement to the act of painting…creating, communicating, and focusing.” She also acknowledges that other aspects of her life seep into the work. “My past, filled with scars and joys, plays a role, sneaking in some serious aspects to overall peaceful and resolved paintings.”

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