Painter, watercolourist, and printmaker, Molly Joan Lamb was born in Vancouver in 1920. She studied with Jack Shadbolt and Charles H. Scott at the Vancouver School of Art (1938-41). She served with the Canadian Women's Army Corps (1942-46), and was an official war-artist (1945-46). In 1945, she married the artist Bruno Bobak. She taught at the Vancouver School of Art (1947-50) and intermittently (1952-60), the Vancouver Art Gallery (1954-58), and the University of British Columbia (1958-60). In 1960, she moved with her family to Fredericton, where she taught at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre (1960-1977). In 1973, she became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and in 1993, the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina organized a major touring retrospective of her work.