For some reason non-artists seem to think that all artists start off knowing what they want to do or were “born that way,” with the talent and a rudimentary knowledge on how to use it. This is simply not correct.
Those artists that were born with the talent do not develop the skills unless they are given the tools to learn it. In this day and age we have art classes in every stage of our development. Talent is quickly identified and (in some cases) encouraged. The budding artists are given access to many mediums and people to teach them the basics.
Not all artists are discovered when they are in school. Many of our favorite and most influential artists did not start until later in life (article here.) I was never one for history, even art history, so when I read this I was surprised to see how many started “later” in life. Some tried and failed early on, others had obligations that kept them from exploring their art and some probably lacked the proper motivation.
There is a bonus starting early and starting late. Early starters learn about several mediums and usually get to practice each before choosing one they really like. Late starters have worldly wisdom and can “see” things that early starters cannot. Late starters know how to research what they want and go for it with all their might. Early starters get to dawdle and often lack the same gusto when perusing their art. It is only later in life that, many, early starters realize what they have and peruse it.
Age does not matter when it comes to being an artist. Determination is what really matters.
How determined are you to create something?
How determined are you to share your world?
Here are some more artists that started later in life, if you wanted to know, courtesy of wetcanvas.com 🙂
Chuck Homan began painting late in life
Alice Latimer Moseley, Folk Artist started at age 63
Edie Wells Bristol began painting, at age 50
Minnie Pwerle began painting late in life at around the age of 89
Mose Tolliver Folk Artist started painting late in life
James C. Pratt started painting late in life
Bill Traylor, who was born as a slave, began painting at age 83
Kacey Carneal, a folk artist started painting late in life
Rover Thomas, began painting late in life
Nealie O’Sullivan began painting late in life
Nan Rumpf began painting late in life
Margaret Roberts began painting late in life
Yehudith – Israeli artist began painting late in life
Francia (15th century painter) began painting after 40
Dorris Curtis began painting at the age of 65
Matt Lamb began painting at age 49
Joseph Crépin (1875-1948) began painting at age 63
Hattie Brunner (1889-1982) began painting at age 67
Lynn Hoehn watercolorist began painting at age 60
Elmira Wade began painting at age 60
Joseph Pickett (1848–1918) began painting at age 65
Ellis Ruley (1882–1959) began painting at age 57
Joseph Garlock (1884-1979) began painting at age 65
Howard Finster began painting at age 60
Alyce Frank, began painting at age 43