My Time Machines series merges painting with the art of assemblage. The pieces, at their core, are paintings on canvas, panel, or other surfaces I construct by hand. Then, at various stages of creating each one, I integrate one-of-a-kind antique or vintage parts, such as handles, gauges, and pulleys, as well as other 3-dimensional objects. Ultimately, I want my Time Machines to capture the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or lifetime. With many of them, I try to evoke the nostalgia of a past era and, in particular, I am inspired by the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau movement (1890–1910). In keeping with the vintage elements I use, I like to give the pieces an overall sense of being old, found artifacts or “machines” from the turn-of-the-century. To help this along, I often distress and age my surfaces and layer paint and plasters to achieve the look of rusting, weathered metal.