We had yet to see someone obsessed with Microsoft Paint: That was until few weeks ago! The out-dated photo editing tool for PCs which has barely been updated since its birth in early versions of Windows has made almost everybody, especially the tech savvy folks, to complain about its lack of flexibility and advanced features. But a 97 old grandpa from Ohio not only likes the tool, but also creates amazing pieces of art with it.
Hal Lasko, our artist grandpa, was born July 28, 1915 in Toledo Ohio – he was one of eight children of Austrian immigrants. As he was starting his career as a graphic designer, he left civilian life to serve in WWII drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids.
During life after his service he was a graphic designer in Cleveland, OH. Working on projects for companies like General Tire, Goodyear and The Cleveland Browns, he eventually retired from American Greetings in the 1970’s. While Grandpa worked in a creative field – he wasn’t able to fully express his artistic desires on the job – staying up late to paint at home and amassing his own collection of work. His earlier work ranges from colorful drip paintings to abstract design.
He says it wasn’t until he retired that he was able to dedicate the time he craved to his art. In the late 90’s Hal’s family showed him Microsoft Paint – y’know, the one with the “spray paint”? Grandpa was hooked. His work blossomed and he painted on the computer all. the. time. No one knew how important this program would become to Grandpa until he lost some of his vision in 2005 because of wet macular degeneration. Since then Hal has also lost the majority of his hearing. Despite these “setbacks” Grandpa wakes up everyday and is still inspired to create.
Please don’t forget to click play on the video above, a charming mini documentary called The Pixel Painter, directed by Josh Bogdan and Ryan Lasko: It is truly fascinating: Also, if you like what you see you can also buy his prints on his website here!