I had some left-over sketches of female forms from workshops past, and again decided to use this one to represent a real person. As the body is only a physical house in which we live, I found that painting a person, for me, comes down to the colors and shapes that resonate with them. So while the body is just a random one, these colors represent a childhood friend of mine whom I love with all my heart!

Acrylic, charcoal, spray paint, collaged paper/newsprint, canvas

TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.6

Natalie: Indulgence – What is your favorite food indulgence? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
Molly: I LOVE to cook. I find it insanely therapeutic. I have been a vegetarian since I was 9, and have recently become dairy-free, so I love experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and flavors. My favorite indulgence is probably just chocolate. I love chocolate. My favorite restaurant is definitely Vegetable in Studio City, they specialize in vegetarian/vegan/gluten free food and their food is out of this world. The roasted Brussels sprouts, polenta cakes, and key lime pie-in-a-jar are the definite must-haves.

Natalie: Special – Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor in to your process?
Molly: So many people and things! My dad is at the top of the list, though, of course. I miss him every single day. He was the most supportive and creative person, and also a huge fan of truly good music and good writing. Whenever I start something, I try to look at it with humor, excitement, and openness, and every time I finish any project, I always think about what he might say if I could run it by him.

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: https://nataliedurkinwriting.wixsite.com/nataliedurkin

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