PENTICTON, B.C. — A 91-year-old Penticton man is demonstrating that you’re never too old to find a new passion in life.
Lou Larson started painting three years ago. he’s already had an art show at his retirement home and is about to launch a new business.
“Four years ago, somebody told me that my shaded work was good and that I should paint them. So somebody gave me a paint brush and some paint, and it all started from there,” says Larson.
It is no surprise that his pencil sketches showed talent because for many years, he was an engineer for the Alberta Ministry of Highways.
But now, he prefers adding a big splash of colour to all of his work.
His daughter-in-law, Cindy Louann Larson, is helping him start a charitable business.
She’s replicated his paintings into greeting cards called Love of Lou. The profits will go towards helping other senior expenses such as transportation and equipment.
But most of all, she hopes the Larson’s work will inspire them.
“We want to give seniors the idea that they can do whatever they want to do. Just because they’re a senior and may not live at home anymore, they can still contribute,” she explains.
As for Larson, he lets his daughter-in-law take care of business while he continues enjoying his hobby while encouraging his peers to do the same.
“If you have a passion, your life is most happy. You have to have something to look forward to.”