"Age gives you the freedom to do some things you've never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life." (Will Barnet)
There are a number of individuals who have discovered or rediscovered art at 50 plus - including myself. The benefits of aging upon creation are interesting. Having lived longer means that you have been exposed to more life experiences, both visual and emotional and this can impact how you translate concepts into visual form.
How does your work change as your get older? Or does it? Do physical frailties affect artistic practices? Is your style recognizable over time?
Photoshop Recreates Aging Impressionists' Eye on the World
There are also some interesting articles and projects specifically for and about older artists which give a greater insight into the joys and challenges of being an older artist and can be translated into any population anywhere in the world I believe.
The Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York released a 210-page report on December 3, 2007 titled Above Ground: Information on Artists III: Special Focus New York City Aging Artists.
Claiming to be the first-ever study to examine the lives of elderly artists in New York, the report is based on information gathered from 213 New York-area artists, ages 62-97 (146 of these were professional artists), on everything ranging from health insurance and legacy planning to identity, satisfaction and professionalism.Dale Copeland is creating a 2009 calendar created from 12 images selected from artists aged 65 and older worldwide. Offer up your work and your bio and your image may be chosen.
Robert Genn's article in The Painter's Keys: The Aging Artist
Sue Smith's blog - The Ancient Artist
Random Thoughts of an Aging Artist
The National Center for Creative Aging
Aging through the Eyes of an Artist
Visual Artists Research Unit - Artists are ill-prepared for getting old
Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development (The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging) by Martin Lindauer explores the relationship between aging and creativity among artists .
Aging Artfully by Amy Gorman.
The book challenges stereotypical perceptions and expectations, and documents that old age can be gratifying and filled with creative expression