Molly Gehring’s artistic journey has traveled through a variety of art and design media, from textile to painting, and finally to her current unique encaustic mixed-media techniques.
Gehring began working with textiles and integrating art into her daily life as a young child. Her passion for beauty and a desire to create pushed her to explore fine art and develop her voice as an artist. After working with traditional oils and acrylics, Gehring found that mixed-media work allowed her more freedom to create. She studied mixed-media bookmaking at a 2012 workshop in Orvieto, Italy.
Gehring then studied with fine artists Nathan Laing of Habitat Studios (located in Downington) and Leah Macdonald. Mixed-media led her to study the art of encaustics, an ancient practice of painting with beeswax and oils. The hands-on nature and intuitive creativity she found through heating, pouring and coloring with wax and pigment drew her to pursue encaustics further.
Gehring’s current work explores pushing the boundaries of the encaustic medium. She combines photography, mixed-media, and discovers new techniques for working with the oil and wax through layering, texture, drawing, and collage. She studies with painter Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian of Malvern, PA and is preparing for a second residency in Orvieto, Italy.
Gehring is based in Chester County, PA.