My personal journey into becoming an artist began very early but was never truely embraced until I reached 60 years. When the blinding question hit me ‘if not now – when’? This was the time I stepped into my self belief as an artist and committed to follow that joy and passion.

Reaching 60 years young has bought a wealth of experiences and wonderful adventures, and I have learned a lot about myself through those experiences. I’ve learned to listen to my inner guide, (or gut instinct in my case) much more. Just sometimes I can quieten that ever present inner critic enough to allow my pure joy to come through. Art knows no age limits, yet being an artist in fast moving world can bring new experiences and challenges.

Working with women in my Wellness profession over 4 decades opened my eyes to what we as women (and not just me) have become somewhat limited by the society we live in. Too often we put others needs before our own. The process of art creating can shine a spotlight onto just how we are in the world and can be a journey of self discovery.

The questions I ask myself when creating or teaching art revolve around who am I doing this art for? Why this technique? Why this subject? Am I excited by the process? Does it elicit fear? Am I willing to show and share my creations, and if not why? What story is behind this artwork?

While every art piece embodies a lifetime of experiences, trainings and beliefs. Every brush stroke comes from a hand that holds 60+ years of life which is instilled in each artwork. The process of making even a simple watercolour, I have discovered can show us how we are in the world. We can use these observations to better understand and lean into our empowered self.

Art can be a way to relax, a stimulating challenge, and can show us a new way of seeing our world, where small seemingly insignificant objects can take on a beauty of their own. Art can be a therapy to explore a new way of expressing the inner thoughts and worries without words. Art can be a meditation and mindfulness practice during recovery.

The Worry of Navigating Technology   While some artists over 60 may have grown up without modern technology, embracing it now can open doors to new forms of expression. Learning digital art tools or using social media to showcase work enables artists to connect with a broader audience. Most of us already use Facebook or Instagram to connect with family and friends. This is a great place to start. Sharing your creations with other artist in a private non judgemental community can be invaluable and Facebook private groups have opened up a whole new world for us. Begin where you are comfortable and explore new avenues as your confidence grows.

A New Perspective on Success   Success takes on a new meaning for artists over 60. It’s not just about fame and fortune; it’s about leaving a lasting impact, sharing one’s legacy with the world, and inspiring younger generations to pursue their passions fearlessly.  I also find that my grandchildren love that and adult in their life loves to create, as most children love to draw and paint. We have such fund together doing art.

The Challenges and Triumphs   Challenges are a part of every artist’s journey, regardless of age. Overcoming them becomes a testament to the resilience of those over 60, proving that passion knows no age limits and creative blocks can be conquered.   Trusting yourself and giving yourself permission to continue through the messy learning stage is honouring how far you have come in life and celebrating the future.

The Ever-Changing Artistic Landscape   The art world has evolved drastically, and artists over 60 have witnessed these changes firsthand. Adapting to new trends while staying true to one’s artistic identity requires a delicate balance that leads to innovation.  

Art is an Important Way to Find Community and Connection   Artistic communities provide a sense of belonging and support, which becomes even more crucial as artists age. Connecting with peers who understand the journey fosters collaborations and the exchange of ideas. Some of my best friends are fellow artist. 

Balancing Passion and Practicality   For many artists over 60, art is a lifelong passion, but practical considerations can’t be ignored. Balancing the pursuit of creativity with family commitments and wellness becomes a harmonious challenge, often resulting in a renewed sense of purpose.  Prioritise what brings you joy and follow your passion. This is a time when your wellbeing can take centre stage. Be proactive with wellness, To help you on your artistic journey, we’ve prepared a 7-day meal plan that focuses on nourishing foods to support your health and creativity. Download it here and embark on a journey of holistic well-being.

The Joy of Continued Learning and Growth   Age doesn’t halt the desire to learn. Artists over 60 continue to seek growth through workshops, classes, and experimenting with new techniques. This thirst for knowledge keeps the artistic flame burning brightly.  

Now’s the time to Embrace the Joy of Creation   Above all, being an artist over 60 means reveling in the sheer joy of creating. The process itself becomes the reward, and every piece of art is a testament to the artist’s journey, passions, and the mark they’re leaving on the world.  

Frequently asked questions

Q1: Can someone start their artistic journey after the age of 60? 

A1: Absolutely! Art knows no age limits, and it’s never too late to explore your creative side.  

Q2: How can older artists adapt to modern technology? 

A2: Learning new tools and platforms might seem daunting, but there are numerous online resources such as YouTube and Pinterest and communities that can help ease the transition.  

Q3: Is it possible to gain recognition as an artist over 60? 

A3: Certainly. Age brings a unique perspective that can stand out in the art world, and recognition can come from both peers and younger generations.  

Q4: How do older artists find their artistic community? 

A4: Local art clubs, online forums, and workshops are excellent places to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion.  

Q5: What advice do experienced artists have for beginners starting later in life? 

A5: Embrace your journey with an open heart, be patient with yourself, and remember that every stroke of the brush is a step toward self-discovery.   Being an artist over 60 is a testament to the timeless nature of creativity. With each stroke, note, or word, these artists continue to inspire, challenge, and redefine the boundaries of their own potential. So, if you find yourself on the precipice of 60 and dreaming of embracing your artistic side, take the plunge—your journey of self-expression awaits.

What’s Included?

  • 19 on demand, step by step videos.
  • Reference Photos
  • Outline Drawings
  • PDF downloads
  • Private Facebook Group
  • 6 Essential Techniques
  • 3 Major Works to expand your newfound skills 
  • Numerous Exercises to master the use of watercolour

 


Kathy Edwards
Kathy Edwards

Hi, I'm Kathy, a keen gardener and artist who finds beauty in the chaos, always planning, planting, painting and living the best life harvested from the garden. Retired Naturopath and Herbalist whose lifelong passion for natural health is as integral as breathing. Kathy Edwards - Your Creative Garden Curator.