Molly Whitebear was born in New York City and moved to California with her mother, brother, and sister when she was just 4 years old.
When she was about 9, her great-grandfather, Arthur (Whitebear) Litts, an early California artist of Iroquois descent, whetted her appetite to create in oils when she would sit and watch him in his studio as he painted. He was a very strict and thorough teacher but that was the strong artistic foundation she has spent her life building her talent on. Molly loves experimenting with new ideas and techniques in this medium and strives to build on the basics she learns and nurtures it and grows it to blend into and enhance her own style.
Much like her paintings evolve in multiple thin layers of colour, Molly’s style and technique has gradually built up and evolved over the years after painstaking experiment after experiment in new techniques.
Whether painting with Acrylics, Oils or her current favourite since beginning in 2001, Encaustic medium (a mixture of beeswax and damar resin), Molly paints in many ultra-thin layers of colour alternating with layers of a specially developed clear medium so that once completed, depending on light and angle, you see so much more in each painting every time you look at it. Sometimes faces, animals, rivers, stars, you never know what it is that will sometimes magically appear to you in the paintings. She has experimented for years to finally achieve that amazing depth you see in each of her paintings. It is a long, slow process, but in the end it’s gold!