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Molly Strong

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Molly Strong is an artist, writer and musician residing in New York. As a painter, she explores the relationships between line and form while incorporating a layered palette. Inspired by nature, she is an advocate for animals and enjoys photography. She strives to create new and original works.

Instagram: @mollystrongart
Facebook: @mollystrongartist
Twitter: @mollystrongartWhat stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?

I’ve been spending years creating my art and honing my craft. Being chosen to showcase my art with Collective Arts Brewing feels like a breakthrough moment. I consider this opportunity to be a radiant highlight in my career.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently writing and illustrating a graphic novel. As I continue to build my graphic design and photography portfolio, I am also working on a series of large abstract oil paintings.

How’d you get started as an artist?

I have always had a love for the arts. As a child, my favourite past time was to draw and 20 years later hasn’t changed that. Elementary school report cards and middle school papers would have hand-written notes from teachers asking me to kindly stop drawing all over my homework. I started with cartoons, designing lettering, creating handmade cards for friends and family and drawing at restaurants, who would sometimes hang my work on their wall. My art evolved from these experiences. I began to gain an appreciation for fine art and have since built a collection of paintings of my own. Having the opportunity to visit nearby museums Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center has given me the opportunity to view works by some of my favourite artists that continue to be a significant source of inspiration.Who or what influences your art?

Growing up in an artistic family has both inspired me and given me the confidence to be my own person. I am drawn to color and shape in how they can create balance to form endless compositions. I aim to create works that are open to interpretation, stand strong on their own and embrace originality. Artists Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Charles Burchfield, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Calder, and Cy Twombly have also influenced me to find my own style and believe in it.What is your creative process like?

As a self-taught artist I have learned to trust my instincts and let my work evolve without restriction. I am fascinated with color and the endless possibility of line. While painting I tend to stay close to the canvas. This keeps me in the moment and doesn’t give my inner critic a chance to persuade the direction of the piece. I explore different mediums in my artwork and enjoy the risk in experimenting with them. Some paintings I will work on continuously until the early hours of the morning. Others I’ll put to the side and visit in a month or even a year later. I’ll know my art is aesthetically pleasing to me when the piece vibes and communicates within itself. My graphic design pieces start out as an illustration that I then layer and alter digitally. I enjoy the steps involved in the process of creating.How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

As an artist, finding exposure for your work is a necessary step in the progression of your career. Collective Arts Brewing offers this one of a kind opportunity by giving spotlight to artists and musicians alike all over the globe and launching their original work for the world to see. This collective platform provides a community of creatives and beer enthusiasts, all sharing an experience that inspires us to continue on our creative paths.

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