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Molly Whalen

Molly Whalen

"Being positive and living in the moment is how I try to see the world. And I hope that if somebody has my art in their home it evokes feelings of happiness because it's where I draw my inspiration. Art is rare in how it's capable of translating a shared sentiment between the creator and the customer."
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From as long as Molly can remember, she's always been immersed in art, all the way back to age 5 with a sketch book in hand and armed with the encouragement of her parents. At Temple University's Tyler School of Art she studied graphic design and illustration which has served her well in two respects: 1. In her day job as a Product Developer for a home decor company. 2. Giving her the ability to promote and grow her fine art business. "I know how to advertise and do layouts whether for business cards or packaging. Also, even as a fine artist you have to bring your art work into the computer to clean it up so you can create prints and multiples."
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Growing up as 1 of 5 kids on the South Shore of Long Island, her parents took them to Robert Moses or Fire Island at any free moment along with occasional trips to Montauk. "Even in the winter we'd go and collect shells." And those childhood experiences have had a profound influence on her art. "Even though the beach is definitely a relaxing, calming place for me, my relationship with it is more fun and playful. My memories are always very exciting and energetic so I try to capture that aspect rather than the tranquility side you often see." Take a look at Molly's art and you'll see a beach scene that is less "photo real" and instead find a whimsical take on the power and movement of the ocean. 
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And while Molly is capable of transferring her happiness through her artwork, the serenity with which she crafts her art is often contagious as well. Painting on an easel in a windowed room flooded with natural light, Molly further sets the stage with a candle that smells like suntan lotion while soft coffeehouse music serenades the fluid vibe. "My mom's aunt stays with us over the summer and sometimes I'll catch her just standing in my doorway when I'm painting. And she'll apologize 'oh, I'm sorry, am I bothering you?' And I'm like 'No, it's OK, that's exactly the vibe I'm hoping people get from it.'"