Tina Dunkley relaxing on the mountain.
Tina Dunkley relaxing on the mountain.

Tina Dunkley is a mixed-media artist, curator, author and cultural researcher.

Her parents helped her understand what she will be facing as a 72-year-old aging woman. She considers herself a ‘junior senior’ with little concern about aging. “I'm living my life taking one day at a time. The gift to me is that I'm a creative person. That's what I look forward to each day.”

Her philosophy on life and death is characterized by an unwavering acceptance of fate's complex design. Her outlook on mortality is underscored by the words: “When it's your time to go, it's your time to go.” This candid acknowledgment of life is counterbalanced by her remarkable ability to seize the present moment. Taking life day by day, she treasures the precious gift of creativity that ignites her existence.

Each dawn presents her with an opportunity to manifest her artistic ingenuity, making every day a canvas upon which she paints her aspirations and expressions. In Tina Dunkley's life journey, the dance between fleeting moments and lasting memories strikes a beautiful balance. Her personal tapestry, woven with threads of determination, resilience and authenticity, reflects her deep commitment to embracing every shade and nuance of the human experience. Every thread tells a story, each color a testament to her spirit and vision. Her art and essence are intertwined, capturing the harmony she finds in the ever-present duality of life and death.

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How does it feel to be 72?

"As a 72-year-old I am just living my life to the fullest. Life is death and death is life."

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What do you look forward to?

"I’m looking forward to waking up every day."

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What is your biggest concern?

"I have no major concerns. I don't focus on them at this stage of my life. When it's your time to go, it's your time to go."

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Life expectancy 2023

79.74
years
United States

About the photographer

Sheila Pree Bright

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Sheila Pree Bright is an Atlanta-based, award-winning American photographer best known for her works Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, Young Americans and her most recent series #1960Now.

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