Throughout my life I have always been fascinated by mechanical movement and moving forms. Later in life, I realized the combination of these two is known as automata. Now that I have retired from a career in woodworking, I am fortunate to be able to dedicate my time to the pursuit of this art-form. Starting out with a small project as a gift to a friend, my obsession has grown into a small collection of various pieces.
Initially working with wood, I am now incorporating metalworking into my work. I am constantly challenging myself to try out different materials and processes to make my work more intricate and more entertaining. The technical aspects of a project drive me as much as the visual and creative parts. With everyday characters and scenes as my inspiration, I do not foresee an end to my aspirations.
While travelling through Europe recently, I visited automata museums in England, France and Belgium. I was extremely honoured to have been invited to display my work there. Being exposed to antique and current automata pieces is inspiring me to continue to pursue my art.
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