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  • Keywords
    • staying active in retirement,
    • older artists,
    • life lessons in art,
    • creative expression through art,
    • life of an artist,
    • discovering creativity,
    • rediscovering purpose in old age

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On Becoming An Artist Later in Life
by Janice Mason Steeves

BLOOM is a call to action for those individuals—not only in a later phase of life, but at any age—who feel the call to pursue a creative path in their lives. The pressures of the modern world force many into utilitarian careers early on. Artistic impulses lie unfulfilled, dormant. For some, at a certain point, there comes an ache in the bones, a deep longing for creative expression—a simultaneous sense of emptiness and overflowing feeling. This was the case for the author, Janice Mason Steeves, who left a career in psychology to pursue art in her forties. She went back to school, graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and went on to develop an international art career, an art consulting practice, and a highly sought after travel workshop business. Weaving together insights from her own art experience with the stories of 138 artists over the age of sixty, whom Janice surveyed for the book, Bloom offers guidance, inspiration, and support for the often difficult and misunderstood desire to change trajectory and take up a path of creativity and meaning. Mason Steeves then takes these observations a step further, suggesting that not only is it possible to come to art later in life and be successful as an artist, but that the distillation of life experience and self-knowledge gleaned from the artist’s path may enable older artists to step into an even larger role: that of a community elder. The elder role—acquired, in this case, through art but existing beyond art—is essential in our society, providing stability and depth, wisdomkeeping, space-holding, and care-taking, in Bill Plotkin’s words, “for the very soul of the world.”

“I believe this book is destined to become a bestseller in the tradition of Julia Cameron’s classic, The Artist’s Way.” —John C. Robinson, Ph.D., D.Min. Aging with Vision, Hope and Courage in a Time of Crisis

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Janice Mason Steeves has been a professional visual artist for forty years and currently shows her work in Canadian galleries. Her work is in private, public, and corporate collections in Canada, the USA, the UK, Italy and Sweden. She has taught painting classes for thirteen years and has developed a program called “Workshops in Wild Places,” in which she takes small groups of artists for painting workshops in remote locations in the world. The main purpose of these workshops is to inspire artists to deepen their connection to the land, to fall back in love with the Earth, and to paint from that place of connection. The author lives in a house that is nestled in the woods outside of Toronto


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