We are inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who believed that the older he got, the better his art became.
“From the age of six I had a penchant for copying the form of things and from fifty my pictures were frequently published; but until the age of seventy nothing I drew was worthy of notice. At seventy-three years I was somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees, and the structure of birds, animals, insects and fish. Thus, when I reach eighty years I hope to have made increasing progress and at ninety to see further into the underlying principles of things, so that at one hundred years I will have achieved a divine state in my art and at a hundred and ten, every dot and every stroke will be as though alive.” – written by Hokusai in 1835 at the age of 75
Hokusai is currently exhibited at the British Museum: Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave
Left: Hokusai self-portrait as fisherman*
*He changed his name more than thirty time over his ninety years, finally signing himself Old Man Mad about Painting
Top and bottom right: Hokusai self-portraits at the age of 83