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These Retirees Were Just Artists in Waiting

They discovered new creativity after retiring from more traditional careers

En español | Want more evidence that your professional career need not define you after you move on? These retirees — among them a former lawyer, a marketer, a teacher and a therapist — have become successful artists who have had major gallery showings or won prestigious awards, or both, with their “second act” of self-expression. To them, creativity and the passion to express it were always there; they just lay dormant, waiting for the right time to emerge.

— Additional reporting by Jennifer E. Mabry

Jenna Gyimesi is an associate editor for the AARP Bulletin, working under a Columbia University fellowship.

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