97-Year-Old Uses Windows 95 Microsoft Paint To Create Beautiful Works Of Art

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on July 26 2013 12:06 AM
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Hal Lasko creates beautiful images using the Windows 95 program Microsoft Paint. Hal Lasko

A 97-year-old man has put a desktop computer relic to good use. 

Hal Lasko, who is legally blind and deaf, uses the Windows 95 program Paint to create beautiful images. 

The child of Austrian immigrants, Lasko was born in Toledo, Ohio, reports Yahoo News. His first official job following his service in World War II was as a graphic designer in Cleveland, working with companies like General Tire. 

Upon his retirement in the 1970s, Lasko started focusing his time on the creative styles of art that he was more passionate about. But it wasn't until the '90s that he was introduced to a new tool he could use to create his lovely images, Windows 95. He credits his grandson Ryan for making the discovery possible since he is the one who purchased the new computer for Lasko. 

After losing some of his sight in 2005 due to wet macular degeneration, the painter was able to continue creating art thanks to the skills he gained from constantly creating art on the software program MS Paint.

 

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 11 "Looking Up" by Hal Lasko  Hal Lasko

A new documentary called "The Pixel Painter" has been released about the painter. Directed by Josh Bogdan, the film features interviews with the artist and members of his family. 

"I'm using [the computer] because it gives me the benefit of magnifying enough so that my eyesight is good enough that I can still [paint]," says Lasko in the documentary. "I jumped up out of bed and went to the computer to see if I could do what I could dream I could do."

In celebration of his upcoming birthday on July 28, Lasko is currently selling his paintings online for $98. He is donating 10 percent of his total sales to Veterans of Foreign Wars programs. 

Watch "The Pixel Painter" documentary below:

The Pixel Painter from The Pixel Painter on Vimeo.

 

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