Houston-born Tomball artist Rebekah Molander has lived all around Houston and only recently entered the âart sceneâ.
In fact, she tells me that her journey to becoming a full-time artist began as a child, followed by art school on a scholarship, and then life came, as she does. Seventeen years later, Molander has finally picked up a brush again, and the way she puts it, she’s wasted no time catching up.
What brought her back to art?
“It was never that the art path was not for me, it just wasn’t the right time for it,” Molander said in an email. âAt 35, I rediscovered my passion. George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to be what you could have been.”
Molander emailed her favorite radio host Rod Ryan in August 2020. She said she knew the music and art world was in turmoil due to the pandemic, but everything what she wanted was to be part of this world. The world of the arts.
“I emailed Rod and said, ‘Hey, you promote so much local stuff, maybe you can help. Houston has great artists, they have these great art events that are just starting to reopen, would you tell people to go see art. You don’t have to mention me, just promote the art, âMolander wrote. âWell he did, and he actually promoted me, and I sold my first painting that day to one of his listeners who checked me out on instagram. . “
Ryan forwarded Molander’s email to his friend Taft McWhorter, a successful Houston artist and one I have known for many years. Recently, McWhorter started an artist mentoring program called The Seekers, A Houston Artist Collective.
âLater that day I got an email from Taft, introducing himself and asking if he would be okay if he called me,â Molander said. âSince then, for the past 11 months, Taft has been a great friend and mentor to me. He called me several times a month and told me a bit about the business side of being an artist and encouraged me to keep learning, trying new things, and never stop growing.
Molander joined The Seekers, Houston Artist Collective in January, and his art is now on display in McWhorter’s studio at Winter Street Studios.
âRod Ryan and Taft McWhorter changed my life,â Molander said. âI still don’t know what made any of them take an interest in me and help me, but they changed my world and I love it. I have met some of the best people this year, collectors and other artists. I have learned and grown so much. I have no idea what’s next, but I know it involves art, and I know I’m passionate about it.
âOn August 20, 2020, I was just a girl sitting in a room drawing a line around her thoughts,â Molander added. âOn August 21, 2020 Rod Ryan told everyone who was listening to Art Local, and while they’re at it, look at this girl, Rebekah Molander, and at least one person did, and I sold my everything first table. Today is July 13, 2021, it’s 326 days later, I’m part of the Houston Artist Collective, “The Seekers”, at the beginning of this month, I was accepted and I moved a part of my art in the DaVinci gallery here in Tomball, to date I have 26 paintings in 21 different homes. Today I am an artist.
Follow Molander on his website FollowYourArtByReka.com and on Instagram.com/FollowYourArtByReka.
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