22 Dec Western Art Collector, January 2015
Article Western Art Collector
Name George & Marcia Molnar
Author Justine Page
Date Published January 2015
Article Section State of the Art: ARIZONA
Publisher Vincent W. Miller
Marcia and George Molnar, a husband-wife team based in Prescott, Arizona, met in high school and have supported each other’s art careers since then. George began his career in the 1970s when the two moved to Carmel, California, to assist Marcia’s father Jay Schmidt, who had started the New Master’s Gallery. George showed paintings at galleries in Carmel, where he painted some still life, antiques and vanishing Americana, but loved painting the American West.
The Molnars moved to Prescott in 1979, where George’s professional artist career really took off as he was surrounded by his inspirations, cowboys and the American Indians. George likes to personally experience what he is painting, and Arizona continues to offer that opportunity.
Marcia painted her first commissioned portrait in 1981. Years later Bill Grace commissioned her to paint a portrait of former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, which was later stolen and has never been recovered.
“The creative process is really the best part of painting! I love drawing, erasing, drawing, finally getting to painting… it’s my happy place. Make that my serious, happy place,” says Marcia.
After the Molnars became empty nesters, they began spending more time on the ranches near Yarnell and Peeples Valley in Arizona, where they have developed a love for ranching life. Both artists are now focusing more on painting the cowboys and cowgirls of the ranch life. George and Marcia are represented by Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.