BBS Radio hosts have interviewed many of Sentient Publication’s authors in the past. We are now pleased to introduce author/artist duo Alice and Richard Matzkin. Theirs is a timely human interest story – a very positive take on aging that would appeal to a large segment of the population. Despite the media’s anti-aging bias, the Matzkins have become PRO-aging, accepting the aging process and enjoying the preciousness of their golden years. I think that your listeners would be interested in an interview with the authors.
Both artists are in their sixties, and have spent the past dozen years confronting their fear of aging through their artwork. Alice Matzkin has two portraits in the permanent collection in the Smithsonian, her portraits have hung in the White House, and her Women of Age series was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Richard Matzkin is a sculptor, musician, therapist and writer. He has numerous one-man shows and his sculptures are featured in collections throughout the United States. The Matzkins currently live in Ojai, California, near Santa Barbara.
Their book The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self contains beautiful paintings, color photographs, and personal narrative, which explore the art of aging and demonstrate that life itself is a work of art in which the end is as important as the beginning. Their humility, gratefulness, and wisdom are encouraging evidence that the golden years can be just that.
Some questions Alice and Richard Matzkin can be asked include:
1. What inspired you to focus your work on aging?
2. How has creating your art projects changed your attitude towards aging – toward your body, toward your relationship, toward life, toward death, toward your future?
3. What is it like now for you to be an elder?
4. You are now in the youth of old age. What are your thoughts about late old age?
5. You mention being initially afraid of your aging self, what helped you most to overcome that notion of fear?
6. You feature some famous figures in your book, who where they and how did their involvement enhance the book?
7. Any future projects?
I believe the readers of COMPANY would find inspiration and hope through The Art of Aging. I would be happy to mail you a copy of the book, along with publicity materials if you are interested. If you have any questions, please call me at the number below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know if you do decide to do an interview with the authors.
Alice and Richard Matzkin Alice Matzkin has painted most of her life. She has two paintings in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Her portraits have hung in the White House and have appeared in national magazines. HerWomen of Age series was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Richard Matzkin is a sculptor, musician, therapist, and writer. He has numerous one-man shows and his sculptures are in collections throughout the United States. He attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and later received his Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University. The Matzkins share a studio next to their home in Ojai, California, near Santa Barbara. For the past dozen years, their work has focused on projects that confront their fear and curiosity about growing old.