When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free graphing software.
The idea of trying out something new in life came naturally to Horiuchi – the retirement was approaching quickly and uncompromisingly, and like in most such cases, a new hobby becomes a must. Horiuchi’s been interested in graphic arts for quite some time and it was only a matter of choosing the most affordable and practical software.
Horiuchi had never used Excel at work, nevertheless he soon mastered the technique and even won Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006. His deeply delicate and harmoniously colourful images mirror the traditional Japanese paintings, often exhibiting gorgeous landscapes and pieces of natural and cultural heritage.