When a friend told me how much she wanted Mollie Weaver to paint her dog, I decided to introduce myself to her. I know how much my friend loves her dog and how particular she is about the artwork in her house, so I knew Mollie had to be special. That she is! Besides having a BA in psychology from Davidson and a degree to practice medicine from Wake Forest University School of medicine, she is an artist.

Although, she grew up near Raleigh she did live in the North Carolina mountains for a year. She was only 4 years old but decided that when she grew up that she would live in the mountains. She claims she was a “stubborn” child but that seems to have served her well. Without that trait how could you raise a family, practice medicine, have a bevy of pets, and create art?

Even at the age of three and four she had her own art desk filled with art supplies. She remembers her mother taking her to art classes and the teacher said “never let her stop making art!”. But stop she did as she was very occupied helping to raise her Down Syndrome brother and keeping up with schoolwork. Even now her brother is a very important part of her life and family. The love of art was always there and she was able to take a few art courses in college and the occasional studio class. “The first instructor that ever said “Mollie, you can do this was Mark Menendez here in Waynesville”. Not only Mark was encouraging but so were her fellow classmates, all on their own “artist path”. The late Curtis Chapman, and art professor living at Lake Junaluska, was also encouraging. “I must include my husband, Dr. Jim Weaver. When I quit medicine for a while to concentrate on my art, he was emotionally and financially supportive when that doctor paycheck went away!”.

Animals are her love and forte. It all started in 2011 when she drew her dog, Moses. She thought “Wow, I just did a really good drawing of our dog”. She “feels” the animals she paints and tries to convey that on paper or canvas. “Connecting with nature and animals are important but sadly our culture has lost that”.

Art is healing for Mollie too. She spent a childhood caring for others and not for herself. Thanks to love, miracles, animals and art she feels more herself than ever.

As for her art, she is unique in the emotion she puts into her artwork. She considers herself more of an expressionist and loves to put color in everything that she does. Capturing the real essence of the subject is the main objective of her work. “I prefer oil painting. The vibrant colors just excite me. The more colors the better. I enjoy pastels as well. I love getting my hands dirty in them. I’ve dabbled in watercolor too and I’d love to try just about any kind of art at some point in the future… including sculpture/pottery etc.”.

Mollie’s work can be seen in her husband’s office in Asheville and in her exam rooms at Haywood Pediatrics. She is a member of the Haywood county Arts Council and participates in member and juried shows. In July she will have work in the HCAC gallery show “The Company of Animals”. Mollie’s website is www.artbymollie and her Instagram site is artbymollie. She works in her home studio on the days that she is not practicing pediatrics. She does commission work as well. To contact Mollie go to mollieharringtonweaver2@gmail.com

Margaret Roberts is a local artist who specializes in watercolor collage art. Her work can be seen at her own Soaring Mountain Gallery, Twigs and Leaves Gallery and Cedar Hill Studio on Main Street. She has a bachelor’s degree in art and a master’s degree in adult education and loves to help other budding artists find their creative talents.

 

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