Have you ever considered quitting something that truly made you happy because you did not achieve a preconceived level of success by a certain age? It takes a wise and loving friend to remind us that age and preconceived notions of success are not the most important things in life. Instead, perhaps we should live a life in pursuit of our passion and trust that everything else will fall into place. If you don’t believe us, perhaps the story of Carmen Herrera will have you singing a different tune.
After several decades of painting with little recognition by the established art world, the Cuban born painter began to gain widespread recognition for her strong use of color and line in her 80s. Now, the painter is experiencing a career high with work in various private and public collections including the MOMA, the Whitney Museum and the Tate Collection. The artist turned 101 in 2016 and rung in another year with an exhibit at the Lisson Gallery in NYC (May 3 - June 11, 2016). The Whitney also displayed her work this year (September 16, 2016 - January 9, 2017). The show included 50 pieces, spanning three decades of her work, and was her first solo museum presentation in New York since 1998. So, the next time you think about quitting something that brings you joy, remember that it can take time for the rest of the world to catch up to your greatness.