Around 20 years ago, before retiring, Horiuchi thought that he needed a new challenge in his life. So he settled on painting. However, he didn’t want to spend money on art supplies—he decided to use his PC. But he didn’t go for any fancy digital drawing software either and opted for Excel.
He shunned the idea of paying for expensive painting supplies or even a basic drawing program for his computer, saying that he prefers Excel even over Microsoft Paint because it has “more functions and is easier to use.” Using simple vector drawing tools developed primarily for graphs and simple shapes, Horiuchi instead draws panoramic scenes of life in rural Japan.
Horiuchi’s example is inspirational to a lot of people. He shows that everything is possible if you put your mind to it and that we should all continue learning new things as we grow older.
“I didn’t expect my painting to improve immediately, so I made a 10-year plan,” Horiuchi told AFP.
“For the first 3 years, I concentrated on ‘drawing’ and drew all the things that could be seen, such as vegetables such as carrots and Japanese radish, and wild grass, in Excel. For the next 3 years, I practiced combining the motifs one by one to construct a painting.”
Six years after starting his Excel art journey, Horiuchi applied to an Excel Autoshape Art Contest and won the grand prize. That’s when he started getting more and more attention from people for his skills.
Since then, he has become somewhat of a legend and some of his artwork has even been acquired by the local Gunma Museum of Art.
According to thisiscolossal.com and boredpanda.com