“Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on. Age just gives you the freedom to do some things you’ve never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life,” said the late American artist Will Barnet.
Americans are embarking on new careers regardless of age, said Matina Botoulas of Flushing, New York. “I am following a road I never dreamed of. My daughters inspired me with a gift of artist supplies. I began expressing in art my impressions of my surroundings.”
Her work has been displayed in a recent exhibition at the Stathakion Cultural Center, Queens, NY. “I loved drawing from a young age,” said Martina who was born in Angelona, Laconia, Greece. “I married my husband, Nick Botoulas of Tripolis. We immigrated to the U.S. and raised our daughters Marilene and Georgia while pursuing careers. At sixty-five, I began working as an artist. I am inspired by my environment. I see a house that reminds me of Greece and I draw it on canvas. A Santorini fridge magnet inspires a painting, while memories of Monemvasia led to a landscape.” Her colorful paintings show clearly her Mediterranean influences.
Martina does not have a preconceived idea of what she wants to produce. When she sees something new or exciting, she is inspired.
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