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*Never Too Late

After six decades of very private painting, Ms. [Carmen] Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Now, at a small ceremony in her honor, she was basking in the realization that her career had finally, undeniably, taken off.

Since that first sale in 2004, collectors have avidly pursued Ms. Herrera, and her radiantly ascetic paintings have entered the permanent collections of institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Tate Modern.

Her husband believed in her and supported her for 61 years. He died at the age of 98 a few years before she achieved her outward success. I bet he’s somewhere, looking on, pleased as punch.

You can read the whole story here. It’s delightful.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

2 thoughts on “*Never Too Late

  1. That really is never too late! I’ve got more slow writers for you, Lilian. William Fiennes’ very successful memoir, The Music Room took him seven years to write, and Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony was a book he conceived of in his childhood, wrote three versions of across the course of his life and finally published in 1874. Given that he finished the first version in 1849, that makes a 25-year gestation period. Pretty impressive in its way, no?

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