Molly Godet began her career with a degree in graphic design from Hornsey College of Art in London in, as she puts it, “the late but still swinging sixties.” Upon graduation, she went into advertising as an art director for advertising agency J Walter Thompson and later as senior art director and European creative director for French multinational Publicis.
For Godet, painting as a passion came later in life. “Painting wasn’t taught in the art colleges in the sixties, at least not in the trendy London ones; we were somehow supposed just to know how and consequently didn’t she says. While in Bermuda, Godet likes to paint with the Plein Air group that meets every Sunday morning at various locations around the island. With some of Bermuda’s best artists painting in one place, it is, as she says, a “free master class”.
Godet won the prestigious Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art Charman Prize in 2012.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a Bermudian who left the island many years ago, never intending to come back. And then a few years ago, I came back. And now I paint.
Why do you do what you do?
It (sometimes) keeps me out of trouble.
How do you work?
I work on location en Plein Air. The Bermudian climate is ideal for this approach.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
What work do you most enjoying doing?
I love watercolours. They are so disobedient.
What themes do you pursue?
Anything that catches my interest.
What is an artistic outlook on life?
Absolutely no idea.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I won the Charman prize a few years ago. So I guess someone liked it.
Name something you love, and why.
Foie gras because it’s decadent and delicious.
Name something you don’t love, and why.
I hate breakfast. It’s too early.
Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Just looking around.
What is the main challenge you face when beginning a painting?
The over riding thought of “I don’t think I can do this”.
What work of art do you wish you owned?
Anything by Egon Schiele. Or Goya.