Molly is a nature artist and certified botanical illustrator. She describes her personal art style as “precise and scientifically accurate”. She enjoys creating detailed portraits of living organisms and accurately depicting the textures, colours, and forms of the natural world. She also enjoys experimenting with new and various techniques, styles, and mediums, and helping students to reach their personal goals and full artistic potential. Molly strives to teach her students something new in each class, and she gives her students lots of notes.
Molly received her certification in Botanical Illustration, in 2010, from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Program. Her pen and ink drawings have appeared in various publications, including the cactus chapter of NY Botanical Gardens’ Intermountain Flora (volume 8), and the botany journal, Brittonia. Molly has illustrated desert plants for various projects, including “Rare and Sensitive Plants of the Grand Canyon” and “Cacti of Arizona”. Her desert plant illustrations have been exhibited at The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, Grand Canyon’s Kolb Studio. Molly taught Art, Reading, and Special Education in Arizona before moving to Australia in 2011.
Molly has been a member of the Gallery’s Central Coast Botanical Art Group since 2011. She has been teaching art via Gosford Council since 2016, with classes at both Gosford Regional Gallery and The Entrance Gallery. Her classes have included “Flora and Fauna” (nature art), “Drawing with Colour”, “Introduction to Art”, “Watercolours”, and children’s classes. Molly also previously taught art at Willandra House through Ryde Art Society and at Pablo’s Art House in Green Point, and for several years designed and supervised children’s holiday activities for the Education Department and Macleay Museum, Sydney University. She has exhibited at Ryde Art Society’s Cox’s Road and Willandra House, Gosford Regional Gallery, Wangi Library, and Pablo’s Art House. Molly is a two-time finalist in the Gosford Art prize with “Aussie Green Man” and “Driftwood Lady: Forresters Beach”. Her artworks have won awards at Cox’s Road and Willandra House. Molly was an anthropologist “in a past life”, with a specialization in Oceanic ethnology and material culture. She has an M.A. in Museum Studies and Anthropology (1987) from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History (1983) from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Molly spent 10 years in the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and one year in the Anthropology Department of the Horniman Museum, London.
Flaura and Fauna Basics with Molly Gill/ Introduction to drawing with Molly Gill / Introduction to Painting with Molly Gill/ Developing your drawing with Molly Gill/