Legally Blind 98-Year-Old Hal Lasko Uses Microsoft Paint to Create Art. This is His Touching Story

Plenty of us are gearheads (myself included), and we enjoy discussing the latest and greatest technology for any number of reasons. But when should you just stick with the tool you have? What if you took well over a decade just to master that one tool? That's pretty much what Hal Lasko, a former graphic artist, did with a little old program called Microsoft Paint. Hal is now legally blind, suffering from wet macular degeneration, but his patience and determination have allowed him to continue working to this day. You should probably check if you're still alive if you don't feel anything after watching the beautiful film below directed by Josh Bogdan and his grandson, Ryan Lasko.

Here's the description from the creators:

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.

Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-Bit art.

Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter.

We're always going to talk about specs and what this thing does or that thing can't do, but a true artist can work with what they have. I think Hal's persistence is absolutely beautiful, and his story is one we should all keep in mind the next time we complain about some piece of gear that we don't have or that we think we need to create works of art.

Right now Hal's prints are being sold for $98 to celebrate his birthday, and 10% of each purchase will be donated to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) programs. You can find all of his artwork over on his website.


[via The Verge & Gizmodo]

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This is increadible. I don't know what's more impressive... The fact that he can still paint with wet macular degeneration or he can paint with MS Paint :) Bless you Grandpa x

July 31, 2013 at 6:32PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


But does MS Paint do 4:2:2 12bit? Let's discuss that before picking it up :)

July 31, 2013 at 8:28PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I'm waiting for the 4k version, though am a little worried the files might be too big!

August 2, 2013 at 6:37AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Amazing post, very sensible and inspiring one. Well done, nice pick, Marine.

July 31, 2013 at 8:36PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Rodrigo Molinsky

I was unaware that you could be illegally blind haha. Heart-warming story and fantastic video. Thanks for the post.

August 1, 2013 at 3:49AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I will buy one! Brilliant! Very touching.

August 1, 2013 at 4:25AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


A post that puts things into perspective...inspiring

August 1, 2013 at 9:23AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Anthony Marino

simply incredible. this is art.

August 1, 2013 at 5:45PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Hal- YOU are a true inspiration to all ages of us people! You are amazing and wonderful!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful art!
Love to you,
Mary ❤

August 2, 2013 at 7:14PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I didn't know I was going to need Kleenex for this. :^)

September 11, 2013 at 5:11AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Stephen Lee