Women have been given the greatest gift of creativity there
is–the capacity of creating and having a child. Even if a
woman has never had children, just the biological
possibility, is life defining.
The theory has often been that artists create their best work
when they are young and after that “peak” in their career,
that an artist’s work is the most important early in their lives.
I would beg to differ, especially when it comes to women.
I have a theory that women come into their own as artists
later in life, after the possibility of having children has
passed and while the potential of having children is
beginning to diminish.
Because of the biological ability to have children, women
understand intuitively that creativity is a life long process, not
a destination. The tremendous urge to create is still there
after the capacity to have children is gone.
The passion and drive to create is combined with the
wisdom learned from life’s inevitable lessons. Women
frequently find that their “artistic voices” become more
confident and self-assured later in life. That is why women
often come into their own artistically in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s
and on up; Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson and
Grandma Moses are three examples.
This is not to say that younger women do not create great
your best years are still ahead–very good news and
definitely something to look forward to.
Women who have created during their earlier years have an
advantage for two reasons:
2. “Artistic creativity” is like a muscle. If you haven’t used it,
the muscle atrophies, and it takes longer to get ” in creative
If you are a young woman and struggling with how to
balance work, family, friends and the multitude of things that
make up life, don’t give up your ability to create
be way ahead of the game when you get older and it is my
very firm conviction that the best years for creating
Mary Baker © 2005
Source by Mary Baker