The Microsoft Excel program, which comes pre-installed on most PCs, is typically reserved for financial analysis, or bookkeeping. But for Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 77-year old retired man living in Japan, it’s his acrylic paints; his watercolors; his canvas.

“I set a goal,” says Horiuchi, who began painting in Excel in the year 2000, “in 10 years, I wanted to paint something decent that I could show to people.” And he’s certainly accomplished that goal. Today, he paints elaborate Japanese landscapes using simple vector tools within Excel.

Since 2013 we have been working with Horiuchi by producing and selling limited edition prints of his fantastic panoramic landscapes that capture a deep appreciation for the 4 seasons of Japan. We recently added 3 new prints that are now available:

View of Tomonoura

a view looking over Tomonoura bay in Hiroshima, as seen from the Fukuzenji Buddhist temple

Lady With Sun Umbrella at Mishaka Pond

Nestled in Chino City, Mishaka-ike, or Mishaka Pond, is one of Nagano’s hidden natural jewels and has served as inspiration to many artists over the years.

Koi Streamers with Cherry Blossoms

In Japan, May 5th is Children’s Day, a national holiday when koinobori (carp-shaped flags and streamers) are hoisted