We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by magic. Since I was little, I have believed that magic is everywhere and can come in all different forms, both physical and feeling. Magic can be found in the depths of nature, in our dusty book shelves, in our gardens, in the seams of our clothes, in ourselves. Magic is in small acts of kindness, moments of noticing the shape of leaves or the color of the sky, feeling comfortable in one’s body and mind. I’m inspired by the things people don’t always see, or maybe, things that can be right under our noses. I guess you could say I’m inspired by everything, but it is in everything that magic exists, we just have to notice it. I hope my art helps people notice.
Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My biggest challenge has always been doubting myself and not believing in myself, letting my anxieties get in my way of making art I’m proud of and letting myself try new things. It has only been in the past year or two that I feel like I’ve really allowed my mind to open up about making mistakes and learning from them, making art that I truly enjoy making, and not letting fear get in my way of creating something beautiful. I’m most excited about continuing my creative journey and seeing how much I can grow artistically, and also emotionally, every single day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I wanted to show my friend a good time in Denver, I would love to show them the art community including all the galleries and shops in the Santa Fe Art District, RiNo Art District, the MCA, the Denver Art Museum, etc. I love exploring the shops and restaurants on South Broadway and have always gotten something delicious at the Dairy Block Market, so we would definitely have to visit there, too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my sister, Mandi Quinn. I’ve been drawing or painting for as long as I can remember, but I also remember always having my older sister by my side. She was always creating with me and helping me, from teaching me to use certain markers when we were little to buying me supplies and artist books as we got older. Mandi has always believed I could make something of myself with my art, even when I didn’t believe in myself. She has helped me become the artist I am today.
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Personal photo by Alyson McClaran.