The first piece I did in the Mechanicals series, adapting an Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau painting, L’Été, into a sci-fi alternate history concept. I actually got the idea for these at my wedding reception. The venue we were using had several Art Nouveau prints on display, and their style struck me as quite a modern one, and I wanted to try combining them with some of the comic book and sci-fi ideas that I’ve always been interested in. I didn’t realise that these pictures were telling a story until I was putting together the Different Worlds exhibition at the ArtSHINE gallery. A world emerged where, since the Victorian era, mankind has lived alongside intelligent, robotic creatures, known as ‘The Mechanicals’.