Molenaar herself is down to earth and passionate about what she does. This feminist is true to herself and her beliefs. “The one thing I found really important is the people you work with. I want to work with people who are kind and genuine. I have come across so many people who are so arrogant, they expect you to do whatever they want. I decided for myself that whenever I have a meeting, I don’t care how big the bag of money is or who they are, I’m not working with them if they don’t treat me well.”
The illustrator loves the freedom that comes with her job and enjoys traveling when she can. Although stuck in the middle of this world-wide pandemic, her travels have been put on hold. Instead, she has invested her time in developing her illustrations, seeing her style slowly evolving. “I used to draw very fast and my drawings were very line based. During lockdown, all I really did was go to my studio and paint. I started painting more female figures, all very minimalistic with very clear outlines, very structured. I found my way in this new reality, looking for new ways to incorporate my own signature in my paintings.”
Despite the current restrictions, Molenaar has been extremely active during lockdown. She recently launched her own shop selling limited prints on recycled paper and created a new workshop program for 2021. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she is currently planning on creating a “creative flow” card deck to help people connect more to their creativity in the new year. “I absolutely love it when I can help people ignite their own creative fire within.” she explains. The artist is also working on a variety of different projects with a lot of sustainable lingerie brands lately such as Closely Official and Semi/Romantic. As well as these projects she did an exciting commission for an impressive Dutch furniture company HK Living which involved making two big tapestries that will be sold worldwide in the new year. “I’m very positive about the new year and can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring.”
One good thing that has come out of this pandemic is that she has realised her love for teaching and inspiring people to get more creative. Molenaar is no stranger when it comes to teaching. Having taught numerous workshops and life drawing classes pre COVID-19, she explains to us that she can’t wait to get back to it. “I developed a workshop with a yoga studio. It’s about femininity as well and celebrating those qualities. There’s a female model so all those aspects are there with technique, mindset and meditation. I hope we can still do it, it’s in 2 weeks, but we also have a stricter lockdown”.
Every one of Molenaar’s portraits blazes with incredible talent. Soft and evocative with defined, intuitive lines characterize this artist’s work. In her hands, women’s bodies are sweet yet intense.