Painting her way into retirement

While retirement was once seen as a time to do less, now it’s seen as a time to do more of the things you always wanted to do but never had time for.

For one thing, many of the people moving into retirement villages are now younger, more active and many still work part-time, or are busy volunteering and dedicating their time to numerous charities.

What’s more, the decision to downsize is driven, for many, by a desire to spend more time with friends and family, take up hobbies or travel and spend less time on maintaining the old family home.

It wasn’t until she retired that Beppie Hedditch – a resident at Lend Lease’s Port Phillip Village in Altona – picked up a paint brush.

The new hobby helped Beppie make the transition from her busy working life into retirement and it also uncovered a natural talent she never knew was there.

Earlier this year Beppie had a painting accepted into the Sulman Prize Art Competition – which is run by the National Art Gallery of NSW in conjunction with the Archibald Prize.

Beppie’s painting, titled ‘A Melbourne Icon Remembers’, was selected from more than 700 entries to be viewed as part of the exhibition display.

“When I was younger I attended art classes where I drew charcoal artworks, but it wasn’t until I retired from my work as a disability case worker that I picked up a paintbrush and tried my hand as an artist again,” said Beppie.

“My neighbours and friends at the village are very supportive. Everyone was extremely excited about my entry for the Sulman Prize and the other residents often drop past to see my work. I really enjoy living in a community of like-minded people.”

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