In the small Czech village of Louka, in southern Moravia, one woman has made it her mission to beautify the homes of her neighbors. Agnes Kasparkova is a 90-year-old former agricultural worker who picked up a new hobby in her retirement—painting.
Kasparkova uses her spare time to paint traditional Moravian motifs in bright blue-ultramarine across the walls of Louka’s buildings. A favorite space to paint is the village chapel, which gets annual touch-ups by the artist, as she springs up on the scaffolding and paints a flowery motif across the facade.
Using her imagination, she doesn’t plan out her work in advance, letting her brush and fantasy decide the final results. Previously, other women painted the white Moravian houses, passing down the tradition to Kasparkova. And though she pauses in the winter due to the cold climate, as spring arrives she continues beautifying the village. Her work is similar to the painted houses of Zalipie, with their colorful flower garlands, and reminds us that you are never too old to demonstrate your creativity.