Molly Ruttan grew up in New York, however she and her identical twin sister Linda spent most of their childhood in a world of their own, drawing, singing, dancing and making things. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Gabriel Moffat and her elderly mother, as well as (at last count) three dogs, a rabbit, a cat and some fish…
During her childhood, Molly experienced short adventures in violin and trumpet, but always yearned for drums. In high school Molly sang in several choirs, but realized her passion by becoming the drummer of the high energy punk-pop band called Sally Dick & Jane, which included Phideaux and two other members of Phideaux. They played many New York clubs, including CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. After moving to Los Angeles, Molly became the drummer of an-art rock band called Planet of Toys. This short-lived project was followed by many years as the drummer and back-up singer of a psychedelic folk rock band called Garden Variety, which released several albums.
Meanwhile, Molly continued on an artistic path, attending the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design. She moved to Los Angeles and established a career as a Graphic Designer, Artist, and Children's Book Writer & Illustrator. She considers one of her great accomplishments to be the artist behind Phideaux's trilogy (The Great Leap, Doomsday Afternoon and Infernal —see galleries).
In addition, she has two children's picture books set to release. I am a Thief! (by Abigail Rayner, published by North/South Books) will be out September 3, 2019. Her debut as an author/illustrator, The Stray (published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House) will be out the Summer of 2020. (Look for updates on www.mollyruttan.com).
In recent musical history, Molly performs occasionally with Garden Variety (now called New Garden), sings in a community choir, and takes great pleasure in being a part of the continuing adventure and musical landscape of Phideaux.