Festival Artist - Molly Keller
I work and paint in Sacramento and Bodega Bay, California. Birds, shells, and plants are my preferred subjects, although mammals have a draw (no pun).
My work has been shaped by studies of watercolor with Chicago commercial artist Dewitt Whistler Jayne; scientific illustration with UC Berkeley science illustrator, Gene Christman; and years of practice in the field, encouraged by my mom, Mary Keller, who was a lover of nature and an artist.
In the past I have illustrated programs for the Western Regional Conference of the National Audubon Society; shown work at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael, California; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History; the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek; and galleries (The Naturalist, Two Crows, FieldTrip) in Davis and Sacramento. My watercolors were prizewinners for 2 years at the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi, California. I’m an active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
As a volunteer, I work as an illustrator with the American River Natural History Association, which publishes field guides and cultural history studies of life along the American River Parkway.