Art, Women, and Creativity


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,

their  art  becomes stale and predictable. The assumption is

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

 art , they most certainly do. For younger women creatively

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:

1. A woman who has been creating continuously doesn’t

have to play catch-up in regards to the technicalities of

making  art . She has already spent years learning her craft.

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  art . You will

be way ahead of the game when you get older and it is my

very firm conviction that the best years for creating  art  are

still ahead!

Mary Baker © 2005

Source by Mary Baker

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