We are thrilled and honored to be able to offer some of the remarkable body of plein-air watercolor paintings that our friend Molly Davis created as a project she calls Preserving a Vision of Open Space. Molly is a renowned and much awarded painter and painting teacher. Growing up in North Carolina, her mother was a painter and nurtured and supported Molly’s talent since early childhood.
When the flood of 2013 devastated the Boulder and Lyons area, Molly’s house was seriously damaged, and she lost all of her decades of artwork. Molly was a trustee for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks system from 2013-2018, and her resilient character inspired her to document our Open Space treasures by painting, on site in every season, nearly every trail on the Open Space system! Molly’s spirit was nurtured by spending these hours painting from life.
This remarkable body of ~300 works was exhibited in late 2018 at the Museum of Boulder, and documented in her book, ‘Preserving a Vision of Open Space’. The book is a compilation of interviews, stories and all the paintings in the show, designed to tell the story of the first 50 years of preserving open space in Boulder.
Molly also founded Preserving the Vision, a non-profit organization.