Abstract Artist: Molly Sieburg Courcelle
I have always been fascinated by paint…the feel of the medium, the effects of the brushes, the push and pull of line, plain, and form. With this in mind, my work is as much about the process of painting as it is about the final image. Each painting is its own unique experience. Inspiration starts with something specific from a natural object, such as the color on a petal, the shape of a leaf, or the line formed with a stem. With a heavy focus on line and composition, the painting shifts and changes until complete. Much of it is spontaneous, much of it is reactionary. The result is a painting that is generally abstract yet essentially organic.
Molly Courcelle grew up surrounded by art—her mother, Bee Sieburg, a painter and an art teacher, encouraged her from an early age to see the world as an artist would. They spent time drawing and painting outdoors noticing colors, forms, and compositions found in nature. She attended Wake Forest University and received a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, with a focus in painting. After graduating she became involved in floral design in Cambridge, MA, Providence, RI and then in Asheville, NC. Molly and her mother opened The Gardener’s Cottage, a specialty store in Asheville’s Biltmore Village, which they sold in 2004. She has since had two children, William in 2004 and Andrew in 2006. She has returned to painting and has a studio in the River Art’s District of Asheville. Her paintings can be seen there as well as in galleries in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.