He was also a poet, historian and diplomat. Much research about him was done by Mukandi Lal. Life and The painters remained in Srinagar as the royal tasbirdar (picture-makers), and developed the Garhwal style of miniature painting.
Mola Ram was one of their descendants.
The inception of the Garhwal school of painting is also sometimes credited to him. However, one of his descendants, Tulsi (often confused with Tulsi Mistri, another contemporary painter) was also a painter.
Mola Ram himself initially painted in the Mughal style until visiting Kangra, e.g. his painting Mastani is in the Mughal idiom, while his later paintings, e.g. Vasakasajja Nayika, are in the Garhwal style.
Some of his paintings are signed.
He wrote the historical work Garharajavansh ka Itihas (History of the Garhwal royal dynasty) which is the only source of information about several Garhwal rulers. He starts with Sham Shah and goes on to describe Dula Ram Shah, Mahipati Shah, Pritam Shah, Medini Shah, Lalit Shah, and Jayakrit Shah. He also wrote Ganika Natak or Garh Gita Sangram in 1800.
Mola Ram himself played a part in politics, helping Jayakrit Shah obtain help from Raja Jagat Prakash of Sirmaur to quell a rebellion at the battle of Karparoli.