Sandra from Mars is just a painting of a badass alien woman who talks as much and as loudly as she wants to, laughs as brashly unapologetically and obnoxiously as ever, and is the type of being I personally aspire to be.

Acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, on newsprint

TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.4

Natalie: Advice – What is the best advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
Molly: I think the best “advice” I’ve received is just observing people I look up to, like my parents and friends. One line my dad always used to say to me was “No matter what, time always passes,” and that was always so helpful. He was an immensely positive and kind person and he taught me a ton by example. I think the best advice I can give is…this sounds cheesy, but “happiness is a choice.” I really live by that. I think there is always a way to flip a situation positively, and coming from a place of love at all times is a good way to start!

Aura: How would you describe your energy, style, etc.?
Molly: Bright! Colors (especially maroon and green) are super important to me and play a huge part in the way I think about art and music and people. I think my artistic style and personal style reflect this? I wear a lot of green eyeshadow…. I also swing between feeling extremely childlike and feeling like a grandma, which I think plays a huge part in my style, as well!

Natalie Durkin

Photo by Lisa Durkin

Natalie Durkin is a content contributor and social media assistant at TribeLA. She is a student at Bard College in New York’s idyllic Hudson Valley and returns intermittently to L.A. to see her parents and black Labrador Retriever, Buoy. Don’t ask her what she is majoring in; she doesn’t know yet, but she plans on pursuing a career in drama therapy. Once, she was a debutante. Sometimes, she is an actress, waterskier, and snow skier. She is always a Sex and the City fan, animal lover, and proud Angeleno. Nat’s website is:

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