There must be something in the water down in Fairhope, Alabama because another incredibly talented Fairhope artist has joined the Well + Wonder ranks. Welcome, Mollie Robinson!
Mollie (who also just so happens to be the sister-in-law of another of our Fairhope faves, Elisabeth Hays) comes to us with expertise in all things clay, watercolor, acrylic, ink, and charcoal. With a degree in Environmental Design from Auburn University, she has a passion for combining design and art with the elements of horticulture and ecology. Painting, pottery, and plant based inks make up the bulk of her work but she enjoys endless exploration of creativity. Her debut Well + Wonder release "Blooms of Virtue" has arrived in perfect timing and features thirteen bright and bold magnolia paintings sure to cure our annual winter blues. Above all else, Mollie is a delight! As is tradition when introducing new Well + Wonder artists we peppered Mollie with all of our favorite questions. Keep reading to hear her answers and remember to set your alarms for Wednesday, February 1st at 10 am EST when Mollie's work brightens our gallery walls!
What is currently on your nightstand?
Books: “Prayer in the Night”and “The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen” Along with dried lotus pods, shells, and photos of my kids (that need to be framed!)
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
Not any one person but I’m always influenced by vibrant energy.
Tell us about your childhood. What is the most memorable moment as a young person?
That’s a loaded question lol!! Well one of my earliest memories is me sitting beneath a magnolia tree. I was rubbing my hands in the dirt and then rubbing the dirt on my feet and legs. I remember thinking, “wow, playing in the dirt is so fun! I’m getting dirty!” I was probably 3 years old.
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
Charcoal. I love the gritty mess and also how versatile it is. I also love that it’s natural.
What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
Dining area. We have a long wooden table that my husband built several years ago and it’s beautiful and rustic. It sits beside a window with a long console table full of plants. I love sitting here looking at the plants especially if there’s a visitor sipping tea or coffee next to me!
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?
The creative energy that collectives bring to the table is irreplaceable and palpable! When a group of creatives are side by side, they not only feed each other but also the viewer and visitor!
If you are new to collecting art, I’d say to forget about it “fitting in” or matching your space. Stick to the work that speaks to you and that you find keeps popping back into your mind at random times. That means it holds significance to you and it means something. That relationship to art is so valuable!
If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why
Definitely clear because I don’t wear lipstick!
I can never get on a plane without….
How did you get into the world of art?
I started in lessons when I was 7 or 8 and it was an oil class. I was instantly hooked and have never stopped.
What do you do to relax?
Go on walks in the woods or on the beach.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
Good weather definitely feeds my productivity level!
Prediction for the Color of 2024?
Something in the greens…
What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?
My husband happens to be the best cook I know… I’ve never been to a restaurant better than his cooking, so I love to have him cook at home.
One piece of advice for buying original art?
Listen for what speaks to you.