Southeast Boise Fire Claims Life of Artist Well Known to Boise Weekly Readers 

click to enlarge "Dream Scape" (Experimental)—acrylic on stretched canvas with shellac, sequins and beads—appeared on the cover of the Feb. 4, 2015 edition of Boise Weekly. - MOLLY HILL
  • Molly Hill
  • "Dream Scape" (Experimental)—acrylic on stretched canvas with shellac, sequins and beads—appeared on the cover of the Feb. 4, 2015 edition of Boise Weekly.
Molly Hill, a well-known Boise artist whose work has graced the cover of Boise Weekly several times over the years, died April 23 following a late-night fire at her southeast home.

According to reports, the fire—which was confined to a bedroom—was reported around 9:30 p.m. A neighbor pulled her from the home where attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, though officials announced it was accidental.

The 65-year-old artist was a part of the Boise Weekly family not only as a contributor, but in a literal way: She was the mother of BW Associate Editor Amy Atkins.

Being an artist was Hill's dream, and one she fulfilled later in life. She earned her bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting from Boise State University in 1997, followed by a year in the University of Washington master's of fine arts program.  

Since then, her work has appeared in galleries around Idaho, as well as Seattle and California. After a recent stroke, Atkins said her mother "took more risks with her work, there was a lot more bravery."

According to the artist statement accompanying her most recent BW cover piece:

"In art, everything has something to do with everything else, so words that try to explain things don't always fit into a neatly wrapped package."

BW mourns the loss and extends the deepest sympathy to Atkins and her family.
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