The Aging Artist

Most people fear aging, and once they hit a certain age, they believe that there is nothing else they can do in their life and that they are too old to learn something new, but this is not necessarily true when it comes to art.

Some people do not even begin to create art at least not seriously until they become older in life. Many wonderful and very good artists find themselves returning to school, taking courses in art and photography well in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. But it seems that Art is the realm where you are never to old to start, and in many cases lifes experiences help the older artist be even more creative.

Now there is even scientific research that has established that creative people improve with time. Their productivity may reach its highest even when they reach their 60’s, but most artist in their 70’s and 80’s still produce quality work.

Why is this important? Well many artists find themselves having to give up their creative work early in life for various different reasons, family, work, other interests, etc. But based on this new research, these artists may decide to pick up their art careers again much later in life.  Take a look at the work by  Sue Smith who is an older artist and the article she wrote to better understand this truth.

Photo: Courtesy of Igilmour

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