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Roberts spreads color, joy throughout the community with her art and relationships

August 31, 2018—A local artist spends her life incorporating color and brightness in all parts of life, from her art to her relationships.

Molly Roberts said she began painting in 2010 after her father told her she possessed a style all her own. 

“My father was an artist and my mother could draw beautifully,” she said. “I think that runs in our family.”

Molly Roberts sets up for a painting class in her shop on Broadway. Roberts said she wants to try and work in every type of art medium. Submitted photo

She loves all types of painting styles, but she said she feels she paints in the abstract style best. It’s where her painting feels more natural. It’s because she truly understands balance, she said. Having the balance in a finished composition proves to be so important.

She likes to include texture in her art, she said. She loves to work with mediums coming from nature. She said she often sees the 1950s in her finished compositions.

Her father loved abstract art, she said, but 1950s abstract art proves to be very different from modern abstract art.

She said she doesn’t mean to add that era in her art, it just comes from within her. When she sees the finished piece, she said she sees her childhood.

Robert’s art does not stay limited to painting, however. Although they’re not all for her, she said she wants to at least try each type of artistic medium. 

She said she also loves to work with wire, especially copper wire because it comes from the earth.

Roberts said she finds comfort and solace in nature.


After raising rare-breed pigeons for many years, Roberts said she found solace in their presence. Each bird possesses their own personality. She said she would often go to the pigeon loft when she found herself in a bad place. She said she would just listen to the birds communicate.

Being with her birds, she said, allowed her soul to speak to God.

“That was when I could let everything go enough to let God in and really be honest and speak and speak from my soul,” she said.

People often become too judgmental and damaged from life to truly communicate, she said. To her, birds represent innocence in their speak.


Roberts said color, in some form or fashion, will always be represented in her art. Everything important to her, she said, includes color.  

Roberts said, like birds, color represents a source of communication. She said she sees color everywhere, coming from object and people. Color make her happy, she said, it feeds her soul.

Molly Roberts displays her favorite piece “Under Current.” Roberts said she loves the texture and colors of this piece. Submitted artwork

Energy eludes from color, she said. 

The color eluding from people represents what comes from their heart, she said. All the color relates back to being real, being genuine.

Kevin Morgan, Roberts’ brother, said everything Roberts engaged in since childhood proves to be authentic. Her art really comes from her person, he said. Her art can be described as original and genuine.

You can see how color impacts her life by her clothing and house, he said. Everything just “springs to life.”

Roberts said she notices the color in a room first. Everything important to her contains some sort of color. Color brings a smile to her face, she said.

The first time she snorkeled she said she spoke with God. She did not have a deep, intimate conversation, she said. It proved to be more of a, “I can’t believe you created that,” conversation, she said with a laugh.

The colors she said she saw in the ocean seems similar to the ones she sees in her meditation

When she meditates, she said she sees the most beautiful colors. She said she sees purples, blues, oranges and yellows. However, she cannot recreate these colors with her pigments. 

She said these colors do not exist on earth, but they remain in her meditations. 

She said the colors must be like the ones in Heaven. As one gets closer to Heaven, those colors begin appearing, she said.

Roberts said although her art always includes color, her colors became muted during periods of depression. She entered that low point in her life when her husband became ill.

“(I was) worried about my husband, worried about his future, about my future without him,” she said. “I was lost, I couldn’t find the light. Without light, color is muted.”

Roberts said her husband of 33 years proved to be her soul, her one. Charlie, she said, made her heart and soul calm. She said when he died, everything changed and the colors became muted.


Roberts said she realized many views her as scatterbrained. However, in her mind, she simply creates multiple projects at once. She said she practices new painting techniques in the air. She does this to perfect them before she takes them to a canvas. 

A moment rarely exists, she said, where she does not create in her mind. Her mind goes in 15 different places, creating different projects at once, she said. She finds it difficult to focus on one thing at a time.

She said she doesn’t believe many see the depth she possesses in her life and art. Her art remains very important to her, she said.

 Roberts’ friend’s Cathy Johnson said Roberts shows her strengths when she works with her children’s classes. She works with them so wonderfully, Johnson said. Roberts’ kindness always shines through.

At times, Johnson said, some residents of Excelsior Springs possess a sort of an inferiority complex.

Businesses like Molly’s make it inviting, Johnson said. She fosters a sense of community. 

After Charlie died, Johnson said, Roberts always invited everyone into her shop with zeal. Johnson said no matter how she feels, Roberts brightened up in order to make another feel comfortable.

Johnson said she finds it wonderful to see Roberts happy again. Now that Roberts is back to laughing, dancing and smiling all the time, Joseh Ruckman, Roberts’ friend, simply said, “Thank you, Don.”

Johnson and Ruckman said Robert’s current relationship played out like a story from a romance novel.

Roberts said she can’t believe God blessed her with a second true love.

Roberts can make others’ laugh over the silliest things, Johnson said, describing her as fun. Ruckman said he describes Roberts as simply “crazy.”

To describe Roberts, Ruckman quotes Helena in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Though she be but little, she be fierce,” he said.

By Kimberely Blackburn •

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