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Mechanic Turns Equipment Into Art
If Micah Moulin isn’t fixing equipment, he may be sketching it. A full-time mechanic, he works on all sorts of tractors and heavy equipment and then uses his work experiences to create art. His Facebook page says it all: Moulin Farm Art and Repair.
  “I’ve done art since I was a kid,” says Moulin. “I’ve also worked around equipment repair in my father’s shop since I was a kid.”
  His degree in diesel technology and his work experience influence his artwork, as does his life experience. Initially he focused on pickups, trucks and semi rigs. After marrying into a farm family, his art has transitioned more to tractors and implements. Sketches for his own enjoyment have also transitioned into commissions. As more and more people see his work on his Facebook page and various farm machinery Facebook pages, demand has increased.
  “I will do a picture and then post it to my page and to the IH group or Ford tractor group,” says Moulin. “I get responses from people who see it, asking if I will do a piece for them.”
  One recent commission was for a woman whose son and husband had restored a tractor that her father had owned. The woman sent Moulin pictures of the tractor in front of the family’s barn, as well as a picture of the grandfather’s headstone.
  “I suggested we combine all three elements into the one picture,” says Moulin.
  As with that commission, Moulin requests photos of the equipment. He has worked with enough farm tractors to know they are seldom as they came from the factory.
  “Every tractor has been modified or set up differently, whether with weights or a different muffler and pipe,” says Moulin. “I want to capture them as they are.”
  Moulin prefers to do his artwork in formats sized to the equipment. Smaller pieces, like a garden tractor, are done in 8 1/2 by 11 format. Larger equipment, like a tractor or tractor and implement, are done in 11 by 17 format.
  Moulin works largely with pencil sketches, but is experimenting with digital platforms and often uses color in details. As an emerging artist, his prices are very reasonable. While commissions vary, he commonly sells a large format sketch of a tractor with a border for $70.
  Moulin and his wife Lindsay are currently working on building a shop and home in the country. The two hope to turn Farm Art and Repair into a full-time business, fixing equipment and illustrating it.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Moulin Farm Art and Repair, 60673 732 Rd., Sterling, Neb. 68443 (@moulinfarmartandrepair; dieselfumes92@hotmail.com; https://www.facebook.com/moulinfarmartandrepair).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4