Artist Molly Siple

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I could start by telling you about my love of dance - currently "salsa" taught by our adored Cuban instructors, visiting on a cultural exchange with Mexico. I also have a little flamenco in my background and lots of figure skating. But no one has ever actually paid me to dance. The professional side of my artistic life is strictly writing and painting.
I joined the California Art Club (CAC) over twenty-five years ago expecting to focus on painting pictures. However at the time I already had an extensive career in publishing, with considerable in print, and soon I was spending many more days writing about art than creating it. Around this time, the Club launched its Newsletter, now recognized as one of the most distinguished publications today reporting on contemporary traditional art. I began writing an 'artist profile' for each issue, way back then, and have basically never stopped. I have had the great honor of knowing so many top artists, and learning from them, thanks to these assignments. American Artist and Southwest Art magazines are also on my credits list. I am currently Senior Editor of the newsletter. 
When the CAC turned one hundred, in 2009, having a commemorative book seemed like a good idea. The result was the best selling California Light: A Century of Landscapes, published by Rizzoli in 2011.  I co-authored this with Jean Stern, now Executive Director of the UCI Irvine Museum Collection, and we then wrote a sequel for the CAC, Painting California, Seascapes and Beach Towns. In addition, in 1994, I was invited to collaborate with Stern and collector, Roy Rose, and contributed an essay to Enchanted Isle, A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island. Published  in 2003, this book featured the many artist members of the Oil Painters of America who regularly painted on the [...]

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