Seattle resident Molly Hashimoto's paintings and prints have been published for over 30 years as notecards, holiday cards, calendars and children’s books by Pomegranate Communications. Her block prints have been published in many calendars and notecard collections. New cards and a puzzle, plus calendars for 2024 will be released in 2023.
Molly's book Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, was released in September 2017 by Skipstone Press, an imprint of Mountaineers Books. Mountaineers Books has since added new titles: Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide and Mt. Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour., plus a new release: Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide. Molly's work has been exhibited at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon, the Michael Pierce Gallery in Seattle and the Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington. In 2004, her painting Lewis and Clark Trail: Missouri River won First Prize in the Shoreline Arts Festival, Seattle, Washington. In 2004, her paintings were on exhibit in St. Charles, Missouri at the Foundry Art Centre’s inaugural show The Adventure Begins, a signature event commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Her painting, A Range of Lofty Mountains, won an Award of Merit. She exhibited in a solo show at the National Parks Conservation Association gallery in Seattle in 2008: North Cascades: Mountains of Change. Her work was included in Confluence: Artists of the North Cascades in 2009 at the Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, Washington. Her paintings were shown at the 2009, 2010, and 2017 Sitka Art Invitational in Portland, Oregon. She displayed her work at the Seattle Audubon Center at Seward Park in 2013 and 2022, and has annually exhibited her work in solo shows at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture, most recently in 2021. In 2014, she was interviewed in the book The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, by William Dietrich, (interviews by Christian Martin), published by Braided River, an imprint of the Mountaineers Books.
Education: Molly received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Minnesota, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago. She studied illustration at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.
Teaching is an important part of her artistic journey. In addition to the outdoor seminars that she teaches at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at Cascade Head on the Oregon coast, the North Cascades Institute in North Cascades National Park, the Yosemite Conservancy and the Yellowstone Forever Institute in Yellowstone National Park, she also offers programs for King County Library System and Sno-Isle Library System. She has worked with students and patrons of all ages. Her mission is connect them to nature and cultural history through hands-on art experiences. In 2012 she taught a plein air workshop in Italy through Il Chiostro, in the beautiful restored monastery of San Fedele at the Tuscan Renaissance Center, and in 2014 in Venice, Italy.