Over and Above | 10 Award-Winning Artists Over 60
When it comes to making art, one key rule of thumb to always keep in mind: It’s never too late (or too early for that matter) to start your artistic journey. This is one of the many reasons we love the Over 60 Art Competition, which shines a spotlight on — you guessed it — artists over 60.
From striking still lifes to brilliant landscapes, sit back and let these 10 award-winning artists over 60 inspire you to follow your own creative passions. Onward, artists!
Eggs and Friendship
A friend from a ranch down the road brought me some beautiful eggs. I wanted to paint their gorgeous, soft colors before I ate them.
I “shopped” out of my collection of country antiques for the other props. I’ve been blessed with many gifts of fresh veggies, flowers and eggs from this ranch, but the best gift is the friendship.
–Ann Kraft Walker | The Woodlands, Texas
As a young boy, I would sit a few feet behind my mother as she sewed away on this huge machine. Now 94 and living with dementia, my mom moved in with me in 2014. The machine accompanied her.
With this canvas, I tried to recapture the feeling I had of comfort and security some 50 years before.
–Tony Luciani | Durham, Ontario
A Stark Scene
This palette-knife painting shows a view from a bridge in Vail, Colorado. I enjoyed the starkness of the scene, as well as the different textures of the vanishing snow and the rushing stream.
–Val Kuffel | Naples, Florida
Seepage from the wall and floor of Crater Lake in southwest Oregon forms a brook that is surrounded by lush and varied plant growth. The purity of that water inspired me to depict it in a mosaic before it, too, becomes tainted.
–John Sollinger | Ashland, Oregon
Raw Point of View
This painting shows a local area here in Newfoundland. When I saw this rock face near the beach, it struck me immediately from my low-angle point of view.
It looked raw and majestic, and I just had to paint this piece. We have brutal winds and weather along our coastlines, and that’s why I titled the painting, Facing the Elements.
–Brian LaSaga | St. George’s, Newfoundland
Resilience and Humor
Cain represents my engagement with mankind today. The male figure on the right side of the picture shows in his facial expression both man’s hardness and humorous nature.
The naked man on the left embodies the world’s attempted destruction of man. The message of the work is that it can be tried, but it will never succeed.
–Anton Hoeger | Gauting, Germany
Abstract painting for me is an exciting adventure, a journey with an unknown destination. I began this painting knowing only that I wanted it to be a diptych with warm pinks and oranges.
As it evolved, I began to see forms that suggested branches, leaves and fruit. The final layers, brushstrokes and color choices reinforced this interpretation.
–Marcia Wegman | Iowa City, Iowa
Unplanned Plein Air
A Walk on the Wild Side was done en plein air at a slough near my home. It was a beautiful morning, and I was drawn to the beauty of the eucalyptus trees.
This work went in a different direction than I originally planned. But I let the painting tell me what it wanted, and I just went with it.
–Linda Mutti | Santa Barbara, California
My parents and grandparents were independent and self-reliant. They had to be. It was a time before crop insurance, welfare payments and food stamps.
It did not matter if you were tired or sick or if the tractor would not start — you had to get the work done. I am trying to share through my art who they were.
–David Story | Inkom, Idaho
A Small Appetite
Each summer I pack up the dog and my soft pastels and head to the mountains to hike and paint. Along the trails are fruit trees with drooping branches of peaches, plums and apples that I gather and carry back to my studio. While I was painting Core, I felt I could become really small and plunge into the center of the apples.
–Liz Kenyon | Phoenix, Arizona
Theses artists over 60 won last year’s Over 60 Art Competition; their winning artwork first appeared in Artists Magazine. Subscribe today to never miss an issue. And, if you want to submit your own work to one of our art competitions, learn more here.