“A painting is not a picture
of an experience, but is
the experience.”

— Rothko

I build robots to make art

I am an artist and maker at heart. I'm also a developer and like to make computers and machines do my job. Many years ago, I came across a small kit robot and thought, "Why not attach a pen to it?". This led to developing a stylus control mechanism, collision-avoidance systems (infrared and physical), and the software algorithms to bring it all together.

At the end of the day, it remains my role as a human with a designer's eye to act as the art director, to pull the robot off the canvas at the correct moment. The first robot I hacked together will create a complete piece in about two to four days, depending on how much ink I want to lay down.

Each piece is different as I continually alter the firmware to increase performance, fix bugs and obtain creative variations. The most important thing about art, I believe, is to show some emotion. I have literally programmed my robots to express various levels of emotion from the gentle curved arcs displaying a sublime steadiness of hand to jagged, even angry, intense strokes. Perhaps this emotion is not evident to an observer, but I see it on the canvas.

There is much more work to do here. I am building yet another robot to assist my efforts, exploring new algorithms and methods for the myriad of challenges that arise when working with robots.

Thank you for checking out my work.

Artwork on large format canvas (36x36" to 48"x48") available for purchase on my Etsy store.

Photo credits (Unsplash): Kam Idris, Minh Pham, Lakeisha Bennett, Alexandra Gorn, Sarah Dorweiler, Alexandru Acea, Jean-Philippe Delberghe, Naomi Hébert, Praewthida K, Paul Hanaoka, Anastassiya Redko, Mitchell Luo, Alexandru Acea, Liana Mikah