Molly Keen’s grassroots in the luscious Pacific Northwest shines through in her natural designs and organic compositions. Since relocating from Seattle to Oakland in 2010, she has been working full-time as an artist and educator. Keen transforms barren urban walls into dreamlike community spaces.
Since graduating from Washington State University with a BFA in 2010, Keen has spent her career traveling the world, painting 40+ whimsically colored, large-scale murals. Her works are spread across 34 cities and 22 countries, including several acrylic murals as part of residencies in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Cabanconde, Peru — known for their playful palettes and flowing twists that conjure child-like emotions.
Her professional career started teaching art for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in Berkeley, California. These formative experiences continue to inspire her works today, including the community painting days she facilitates in neighborhoods, schools, and nonprofits across the country.
Her initial love for dreaming, creating, and exploring began with her mother, Cindy Keen, who always encouraged her passion for the arts. For the last 13 years, Keen has painted in her mother's memory, ultimately adopting her mother's maiden name as her artist's name in her honor.