Molly Leach’s Abstract Fluid Art Gives Viewers An Eye Full Of Creativity

Molly Leach is an abstract fluid artist who makes acrylic paint pours look like a kaleidoscope of wonder!  She offers classes, workshops, and has her own Youtube channel! Caren Hackman shares an interview with Molly, not only exploring her artistry, but explaining more about the varied paint pour techniques.  Enjoy!






Abstract   Fluid   Artist



“Kaleidoscope” by Molly Leach

Caren Hackman met Molly Leach, an abstract fluid artist, while Molly was demonstrating at a local art store. Caren was mesmerized by Molly’s poured paint techniques as well as her knowledge of the paint chemistry and fluid behavior. Molly demonstrated some of her favorite techniques such as ring pours, ocean/wave controlled pours, dirty pours, and flip cups pours.  Caren interviews Molly for The Rickie Report.


CH: Why do you do what you do?


I started creating art for myself a long time ago. As a way to express my emotions. Most recently I got back into creating art again for my own mental health; as a way to get out how I was feeling. But as more people have become interested in fluid art, I have now become a teacher of the art form and I create not only for myself, but to help others have an avenue to express themselves and to help inspire others to create artwork. I look forward to bringing the joy I have for art to the rest of the world. I hope is that others are able to feel the emotion in my pieces.



CH. How do you work?


I work in my studio (my 2 car garage), normally filming for youtube, sometimes not. It is a full time job, on top of my full time job. I create with no music on, just me and the canvas and the paints.



“Autumn” by Molly Leach

CH: What’s your background?


I do not have a formal background in art, I actually am a psychiatric pharmacist by day. I work in a hospital. I also was a bartender throughout pharmacy (med) school to pay the bills!

I have created art all my life and I came to an impasse in high school of whether or not to go to a school for the arts or a school for math and science. I chose math and science at the time. I continued to do art for myself, but never for show or for others to see. Then I began this journey with fluid art and I think that my background in chemistry has really helped me understand all of the nuances of fluid art and all the materials used to help create art.




CH: How has your practice changed over time?


Well, I started with oil on canvas and I now work in acrylics. But even for fluid art my work has evolved. I started by watching and trying to recreate others art work as inspiration. As I began to learn more about this art form I began to create pieces from my own inspiration and it has begun to inspire others. I love to experiment and see how different materials will interact with the acrylic paint. Being a fluid artist doesn’t mean that I leave everything to chance. Before I begin to work, I have a concept in mind for each one of my paintings. My familiarity with

the medium helps. Knowing the chemistry behind the paint and related art materials helps me reach my full vision for each work of art.




“Lightening” by Molly Leach




CH: What art do you most identify with?

While my fluid art has not much to do with pointillism, I do love and identify with this type of art. I love that the smaller parts come together to create a whole. Georges Seurat is one of my favorite painters. I also love impressionism and the idea of creating the perception of something without being so concrete. I do incorporate this into a lot of my ocean pieces as I try to recreate the impression or feeling of the ocean without specifically brushing the waves onto the canvas.


CH: What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy doing large canvas work. I love working in ocean colors as this is where I get most of my inspiration.


Molly Leach with one of her paintings

CH: Can you describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Well my inspiration for getting into fluid art specifically was moving into my new home. I have the vast 2 story walls that needed something. I also had 9ft by 5ft canvas panels in the media room of the new house that we were going to get rid of. Instead, I used them as my first pieces to create using the fluid art technique. I drew the blue colors from the ocean and the grays from sky when the storms roll through Florida. These fist few poured paintings gave me direction for how I decorated the rest of my house!

Being by the beach is one of my inspirations every day and I feel so lucky that I can have something so beautiful in nature at my doorstep!


Molly participates in fine art festivals during season. She gives private lessons and offers workshops to teach others how to do fluid art. Molly also has her own youtube channel with tons of tutorials to help others. She loves doing commission work.





For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice:

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.




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New Studio For Visual Arts Presents “Secrets Of Egg Tempera” With Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov Plus “Pop Of Pink” Juried Exhibit To Benefit American Cancer Society

The New Studio for the Visual Arts is proud to present The Secrets of Egg Tempera with Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov.  Oil painters are welcome to experience first hand the painting technique of the “Old Masters”.  This intensive 3 hour workshop begins Friday, September 20 and runs through November 1.  The Rickie Report shares some sneak peeks and all of the details. In addition, we remind art lovers to attend “The Power Of Pink” juried exhibition which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Opening night is Friday, October 11.  The exhibit is available October 7 – November 1, 2019.



The New Studio for the Visual Arts proudly presents:

The Secrets of Egg Tempera


Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov



“Lauren” by Scherer & Ouporov




Fridays, September 20 – November 1, 2019

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$280 (plus $50 materials fee)

Oil painters are welcome


Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov



Egg tempera is a luminous painting medium with great potential for present-day artists as well as those interested in experiencing firsthand the painting methods of the “Old Masters”. Combining historical Russian and Renaissance painting traditions with a contemporary approach, Suzanne Scherer brings this ancient method of painting to the Art School. In this intensive 3-hour workshop, learn the process of egg tempera painting through in-depth instruction and demonstrations from the preparation of true gesso wood panels, mixing paints from dry pigments and egg yolk, to under painting, and glazing. Materials included in tuition.






“Untitled” by Scherer & Ouporov





Suzanne Scherer & Pavel Ouporov Biography

American-born Suzanne Scherer and Russian-born Pavel Ouporov are a collaborative team who met while studying at the renowned Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute—one of Russia’s two institutions of higher arts education and part of the Russian Academy of Arts established in 1757 by Peter the Great. Scherer earned a BFA from Florida State University, an MFA from Brooklyn College, and received an International Research & Exchanges Board Award to be the first American visual artist accepted into the Russian Academy of Arts during the Soviet period. At the age of 11, Ouporov won admittance into the Moscow State Academy Art Lyceum, graduated at 18, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute.


“Avery Version 2” by Scherer & Ouporov



Scherer & Ouporov have received international recognition for their collaborative works. Museum exhibitions include the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Bass Museum, Miami, Historical Museum of the City of Vienna, ICA, Moscow, Passage de Retz, Paris, Boston Center for the Arts, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University. Their works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University Fogg Art Museum, the Library of Congress, NY Public Library, and The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, among others. Their work has been featured in Art In America, ArtNews, The New York Times, The New Yorker, PBS, and Public Affairs Television. The artists are represented by ACA Galleries, NY and Armand Bowling Fine Art, Jupiter FL. Their original prints are represented by the Mezzanine Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.






A Juried exhibition to benefit the

 American Cancer Society

October 7 – November 1, 2019





OCTOBER 11, 2019

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In honor of all of the men and women in our lives who have fought a battle with Cancer, The New Studio for the Visual Arts of Jupiter, Inc. presents “POP! Power of Pink!” A specially tailored juried art exhibition to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Attacking from every angle.



The New Studio for the Visual Arts mission:

Nurture a vibrant arts community

Foster artistic excellence

Lower the barriers to participation in the arts

Bring people together for a powerful shared experience that inspires a creative exchange of ideas 



No membership fee!
No registration fee!
Prorating available!

Sign up today.

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Martin Artisans Guild Reaches Out To Help Fellow Artist Whose Home And Studio Was Devastated By Hurricane Dorian

The Martin Artisans Guild, a group of professional, working artists is asking the public to help Kim Rody, whose home and studio was devastated by Hurricane Dorian in Hope Town, Bahamas.  Grateful that she and her husband are alive and safely regrouping in the Stuart, FL area,  we’re sharing a Call For Art Supplies.  Kim needs canvas, paints, brushes and any art supplies you can donate.  The Rickie Report shares the details for drop-off spots. Please share with your friends and neighbors – you never know who has a stash of canvas or paints they won’t be using!!!  




How You Can Help Kim Rody

Rebuild Her Life After Dorian’s Devastation

Kim Rody-Kopp has been a professional fine art painter since 2000, when she dropped out of the corporate world to paint full time. She began gaining a following in South Florida and the Bahama Islands by painting large, colorful and dramatic canvases of fish, turtles, palm trees, and all things tropical, and became known over the last decade as the “fishartista”.


“Love at First Sight” by Kim Rody




Living on her boat in Hope Town Harbour in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, she met and married the sailor on the next mooring, who introduced her to sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a log cabin outside of Asheville, NC. 






Dishes With Fishes by Kim Rody





Her work is appealing to clients looking for a dramatic, bright, and colorful feel which pulls the viewer in and under, into the world she loves best, and that few enjoy first-hand. This website showcases hundreds of images categorized by subject. In addition to original art, images are also available as limited editions on heavyweight watercolor paper, open editions on canvas, posters, note cards and holiday cards, and images kiln fired into quality bright white porcelain dinnerware.




1)    Martin Artisans Guild Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019      6 pm

The Palm Room     Harbor Bay Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Blvd  Sewalls Point, FL 34996



2)   Aya Fiber Studio

 4745  SE Desoto Ave Studio H,

Stuart, FL 34997    


3)    Stuart Art Supply & Studio

43 SE Kindred Street

Stuart, FL 34994





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ENDANGERED Art4Apes Announces Special Palm Beach Exhibit November 11 – 23. Call For Art Basel Exhibit Continues

While ENDANGERED Art4Apes continues its Call to Artists (at the Pinecrest Gardens in Miami during Art Basel in Miami, 2019), we announce a special Palm Beach ENDANGERED exhibition  from November 11 – 23.   Art lovers will enjoy cocktails, goody bags, and amazing art!  






Call to Artists and Photographers


Fine Art & Photography Contest 2019

Closing Date:  Monday, September 30

  $7,000 in Cash Prizes


Plus exhibition at Pinecrest Gardens, Miami during Art Basel Week!





“Magnificent Majestics”  Oil on panel by Helen Crispino © 2019 All Rights Reserved


Visit the

Palm Beach ENDANGERED Exhibition:


November  11 – 23 


Thursday, November 14

5.30 – 7.30   pm



Woody Michleb Beauty Salon and Lotus Hair Studio

400 Hibiscus Avenue, Palm Beach

Cocktails, goody bags and amazing art!



The 7th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest is now open and accepting entries.

Enter Now!

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019.


Announcing  Our   Jury   Panel:



Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse is an internationally known multi award winning wildlife photographer. He is the current holder of the Gerald Durrell award for Endangered Species and has just published a beautiful new book on mountain gorillas.





Tammi Hanawalt PhD


Tammi Hanawalt PhD. is currently the Associate Curator of Art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. She received her BA in Theatre design and her MA in art history from Arizona State University. Tammi has designed in professional theatre, taught theatrical design and production, as well art history. She recently completed her doctoral degree in Native American art history at the University of Oklahoma and continues to teach art history online at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, NM. Through her research, concerned with issues involving contemporary Native American art and wildlife conservation, Tammi endeavors to contribute to the framework of ongoing interdisciplinary humanities scholarship. She has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences and contributes to local and national publications. As a curator, Tammi works toward expanding ideas of wildlife art, and in turn, its effect on humanity’s relationship with the natural world.