I’ve had the Painting Molly Blog for 8 years now.
Traveling around the world!
Intimate Look at the Process of Creating!
I started the blog in 2012 as a 24 year old woman as I left the United States for the first time for Bogota, Colombia. It was also the start of my mural making the journey.
The blog is named painting Molly, well because my name is Molly and I paint.
This is a picture of me in Inlé Lake, Myanmar early 2020.
I’m Molly, Molly Keen. I’m a Muralist, Cyclist, Wood Worker, Pedicab Operator, Meditator, Restaurant Server, and enthusiastic world Traveller.
I’m originally from Seattle, Washington but lived the past 10 years in Oakland, California. But I’ve spent years in other countries learning and growing my love for Art.
My passion is in spreading art to the masses, creating ways in which people can get more involved in their community and within themselves to find creativity.
My specialty? I paint large-scale murals full of bold, colorful, and whimsical lines. Many times with the involvement of youth and adults to create alongside me.
One day while I was teaching Art to 30 people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s at the young age of 22 my Director of the non-profit asked me, “Molly, you are a degree in Art…please won’t you paint the wall in the art therapy room?”.
“Oh no, I can’t do that”, I said.
“Well the paints and $500 are in the room, get started when you can okay?”, Michelle said.
“Alright, I guess I can do it”. I fearfully replied.
I’m so thankful to Michelle and also to all the walls that I have painted, perfected, and breathed life into.
I take care of my walls, their surrounding areas, the neighborhood, and people who live within them and of course care for my clients with the same love I would for my family and myself.
Since then I have painted more than 40 murals in Asia, North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
I paint because it adds life and excitement to our neighborhoods with an original flare that is designed to make people feel something….anything…because no emotion is wrong when we look at a design.
I just want people to feel.
My goal is to activate streets and spaces that otherwise would be forgotten.
Please explore, ask questions, get involved and if you need a little bit of inspiration I’m here for you!