Fine Arts Painter
Molly Sims was born in Moscow, Idaho, and moved to Spokane, WA, at 10. Molly’s lifelong love of drawing began at the age of 2, when she drew a picture of herself in her mother’s tummy, an enduring family story.
Molly enrolled in every drawing and painting course that she could. While in college at Spokane Falls Community College, Molly took her first oil painting class and fell in love with the medium. She graduated in 1996 with a degree in graphic design with an emphasis on illustration.
Molly married in 1995 and moved to England. She worked as a designer until the birth of her daughter Bethany in 1997. Molly worked from home while raising her family, creating commissioned artwork and portraits for clients. In 2008, Molly and her family relocated to Maryland, where she took painting classes at the Schuler’s School of Fine Art in Baltimore. Molly and her family moved back to Spokane, WA, in 2020.
“Oil painting isn’t like anything else. You can blend right on the canvas, create so much depth, luminosity, and subtlety. My favorite characteristic, however, is the softness you can achieve, and I thought, ‘This is the perfect medium for me to use for the type of art I want to create.’ Oil painting has also stood the test of time, lasting hundreds of years in the old masters’ masterpieces.”
“I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world. The light is what defines a subject and makes it interesting. Spending time outdoors can heal and refresh our souls. I strive to help my viewer connect with nature and see how beautiful and precious it is. There are miracles happening all around us if we take the time to look. I have always loved animals and want to be a voice for wildlife, which has no voice. There is such a variety of animals and birds out there that I will never run out of subject matter.
Molly’s style is classical realism. She strives to make her subjects feel lifelike, so her viewers can connect with an animal’s spirit and feel the beauty and innocence that she sees. Molly prefers to have a single focus and keep her backgrounds looser. This style works well with what she wants to accomplish.
Molly exhibited her work in local and regional art shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She has also created commissioned artwork for private collectors throughout the US, England, and seven other countries for over 25 years. Her original wildlife paintings are on display at the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery located in Savage, MD.