The incredibly talented artist first ventured into creating art with Microsoft Paint about 15 years ago when her children gifted her a computer.
These days, there are a million different software and gadgets available for those interested in digital art and illustrations. 91-year-old Concha García Zaera, however, has been proving that old-school tech is just as capable of creating stunning pieces of art as long as you have the patience, confidence, and talent for it. The unbelievably talented artist from Valencia creates elaborate digital paintings using nothing more than Microsoft Paint—a program that many of us have spent quite a lot of time with as children. While even the most tech-savvy of us have struggled to create anything significant with the simple raster graphics editor, Concha has amassed over 301k followers on Instagram with her abilities.
According to El Mundo, Concha first ventured into creating art with Microsoft Paint about 15 years ago when her children gifted her a computer. "My husband fell ill and I took care of him, so he couldn't go out much," she told the publication in a phone interview. She had to drop out of her painting classes at the senior center to spend more time with her husband and since oil paint — which was her analog specialty — smelled too strong to use at home, the artist's children gave her a computer so she could try her hand at digital art.
"I began painting little things: first, a house, the next day I'd add a mountain... Step by step, I was adding details, and in the end, the result was a very pretty thing," Concha explained. "I have no imagination at all, so I get inspiration from the postcards that my husband used to send me or drawings that I find and like." She revealed that she fills in her drawings pixel by pixel using nothing more than a regular mouse. "It is not difficult," she said, before admitting: "It is very laborious, yes, patience is needed."
According to Vanguardia, Zaera spends about two weeks on each work of art and gives great attention to detail. Here are 25 of her incredible digital paintings: