First, there is the simple joy of painting. For as long as I can remember, having a brush in my hand gave me the greatest pleasure I had ever known. I also paint for the sheer joy of expressing the many subtle changes I see in the light at sunrise and sunset, and the multitude of colors I find in nature that constantly provoke me to interpret them in paint. it was the subtle colors, or the drama of the night light.
And, of course, the beauty of the simple everyday things in life constantly inspires me. Just as Van Gogh painted his shoes and bedroom, and Rembrandt painted a side of beef, they are priceless works of art today despite their odd subject matter. One of my favorite paintings is of a cement plant at night, it's glowing lights burning into the darkness. My friends, who pass it all the time, couldn't understand what I saw in it. Perhaps, it was the subtle colors or the drama of the night light.
I generally work in watercolor and oil, with about half of the time spent painting outdoors. Painting in nature revitalizes me. Because the light changes from one section of the country to the next, I take annual trips across the United States and abroad to study and paint it.
My passion for painting outdoors led to a two-year study (with permission from the owners and the City of Boulder Open Space Program) of a closed off wildlife area. The money from the sale of the resulting paintings went to support the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center and City of Boulder Open Space.
For ten of my twelve years as a commercial artist, I ran my own business. Then in 1992, I took the leap and decided to paint full time. Since then, I work every day, painting and studying with artists the caliber of Kim English, Burton Silverman and Ned Jacob.
I believe that drawing and the fundamentals of painting must be learned before you can become a complete artist. Mastering those skills takes a lifetime.
Molly is a world traveler and she has captured images from every part of the globe. Besides the international images, her subjects range from brilliantly-colored florals to nostalgic still lifes. Education
East Carolina University, North Carolina, B.F.A. Affiliations
Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Plein Aire Painters Association
Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Water Media Association
Faculty, Art Students League Denver, Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, Arizona Awards and Honors in Selected Shows
2011 – Merit award Boulder County Open Space Plein Aire Painting Competition
2004 – Selected Top 200 Artists, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2003 – Award of Merit, Rocky Mountain Plein Aire Painters Association
2001 – Best of Watercolor, Bronze Award, Lexington, Massachusetts
1996 – Merit Award, 1995 Bronze Award Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Colorado Spring, Colorado
1994 – Georgia Watercolor Society's 15th National Exhibition, chosen for traveling show Selected Publications
2012 — Wrote and published a book on watercolor "Weekend Watercolor Workshops, now in second edition
February 2012 – Southwest Art Magazine "Of This Earth: ten artists depict the changing landscape"
2007 – American Art Collector, "Salon D'Arts"
Fall 1996 – Feature Article, Molly Gough: Capturing the Drama of a Momentary Light, Watercolor Magazine
1996 Best of Watercolor, Composition /1995 Best of Watercolor Figures / 1994 Best Of Watercolor Textures, Rockport Publishers, Rockport, Massachusetts
1996 – Southwest Art Magazine "Best Buys Under a Thousand Dollars" Group and Solo Shows
2012 — American Art Invitational Small Gems Show hosted by Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
2012 — America the Beautiful Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
2012 — Juried artists entry into Open Studios, Boulder, Colorado
2012 — One woman show in Tyler White Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
Chosen as one of the top five invited artists, Boulder County Plein Aire Paint Out June 2011
Solo Show Open Studios Boulder, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
November 2011, 2009 Invited guest American Art Invitational Small Gems Show
2009 Invited guest American Art Invitational
November 2008 — Invited artist Salon Musee Show with Salon d' Arts and the Denver Art Museum
December 2008 — Solo show for City of Boulder Open Space, Boulder, Colorado
October 2008 — Invited Artist American Art Invitational, Saks Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2008 — Invited Artist to Nomadaes Del Arte, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 — Invited Artist to Denver Art Museum/ Le Jeune Salon, Denver, Colorado
2007 — Solo Show "France Visions" Tyler White Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
2005, 2006 — Invited Artist to Salon D'Arts, Denver, Colorado
2003 — Plein Aire Invitational, Rocky Mountain Plein Aire Painters, Association
2002 — Invited artist, "Denver Artists, artists who have had an impact on Denver for 10 years," Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2002 — Solo Show, "From the Eyes of a Southern Girl," Tyler White Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina
2002, 2003 — Public Education and Broadcasting Association Group show
1996-1998, 2003 — Solo show and invited artist in Open Studios, Boulder, Colorado
1995-1997 — Invited artist, Mayor of Longmont Office, combined show
1992 — Ertl Family Trust Open Space solo show Selected Collections
Beijing University – Gift from Pearson International
Congressman Rich Preyer Family Trust
Ertl Family Trust
Colorful Images, Longmont, Colorado