Retired graphic designer Hal Lasko is a man who continues to make art at 98 years old. Despite being from an era when everything was done by hand, the creative Ohio native has shifted his artistic focus to creating digital paintings on Microsoft Paint. The creative grandfather was first introduced to the software in the late 90s by his grandson Ryan and hasn’t stopped using it since.
Lasko has found MS Paint very useful as an outlet for his creative passion and desire to paint, especially given his waning eyesight. Suffering from wet macular degeneration, a medical condition that causes older people to lose vision in the center of their visual field, the computer program allows him to magnify his images to perfect his pixel paintings. The dedicated digital painter invests most of his time (about 10 hours a day) to his paintings, choosing to accentuate their pixelated nature in all of his work (abstract, figurative, graphic, landscape, etc.).
The artist and many of his works can be seen in the short documentary titled The Pixel Painter, directed by Josh Bogdan and Lasko’s own grandson, Ryan Lasko. That video can be viewed below and prints of the nearly-centenarian’s work can also be purchased directly through his website.