Agnes Parcesepe :

The common belief is artists have to starve in a garret for years before becoming successful. Agnes is living proof that that doesn’t have to be the case.

Here Agnes talks about her progress from simply liking art in her youth, to taking up painting later in life, and transitioning from student to teacher in a few short years. She has won a myriad of competitions, had international exhibitions, and has paintings purchased and hung all round the world. Amazing stuff when you stop to think about it.

She attributes her success to her passion for creativity and painting, and love of the natural world. This is not to say she makes her living painting, because she doesn’t, and that is not her objective. But her intense drive to improve and commitment to complete projects has funded her hobby and given her immeasurable satisfaction and a part income.

In this show we discuss how to take your first steps into painting as a hobby, how and where to learn, and then the pathway to becoming better known and marketing your works. Agnes very strongly recommends experimenting with a wide variety of mediums to really establish which you like best and which one suits your style and subject matter.

This is a hobby which does not cost a lot to enter, and is relatively portable. Like photography or birdwatching you can engage in painting or drawing at home, on holiday, in the city, in the country … anywhere.

At one point in the interview we take a substantial detour into a health related issue as Agnes has had a severe health problem which she has now mostly overcome. She is a strong believer in natural therapies, and we talk about how she challenged and overcame her life threatening issue.

You can see Agnes’ works on her website at : www.agili.com.au or contact her if you like at seahorse@agili.com.au

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Cheers,

Henry

henry@retiredexcited.com

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13 Comments

  • Blaine says:

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right.

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    • Henry says:

      Thanks Tanie,
      As Spencer said below, she is an inspiration. It just shows that people can learn and create success at any age.

  • Spencer says:

    Simply a pleasure to listen to. It’s like we’re sitting with you. I’m sure this will inspire some to be more confident with their art.

  • Kiersten says:

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It is the little changes that make the most significant changes.
    Many thanks for sharing!

    • Henry Shapiro says:

      Hi Kiersten, That is a very inciteful way of looking at an issue. A few little two or three percent changes to a situation can quickly compound. Thanks for the comment.

  • Anne Garreffa says:

    I have known Agnes for over 30 years and have always looked up to her as a woman of strength, determination and passion. I am in awe of what she has accomplished in later life in terms of her artwork and absolutely love her ‘joie de Vivre’!!! She is an absolute gem!

  • For me, Agnes’ most powerful message is that learning opportunities are never greater than when you retire. So much of our learning is driven by others. Teachers decide what we must learn when we are young. Later our career choices drive our learning. Retirement finally frees us to learn what we want to learn! Agnes well illustrated this. Her interest and talents in art lay dormant since her childhood. As soon as she was free to pursue that interest – look at the creativity that streamed from her! Thanks for sharing her story! I have put a link to these podcasts on my website.

    • Henry Shapiro says:

      Thanks for the link Alan. I absolutely agree with your point concerning life long learning. A mantra of mine is that happiness depends on “someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.” I believe this is never more important than when we retire. Learning new concepts and skills fits right in, and keeps the juices flowing as the body gets older.

  • Anonymous says:

    what a wonderful woman Agnes is and so inspiring to here her speak about her passion of art and life . Keep up the great work.

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