From the moment, as a child, I held a camera in my hands, I knew that somehow the medium it represented would be a big part of my world. And so, even though I attended a conservative art school that did not recognize photography as a fine art (!), when I saw the work of Robert Rauschenberg, I was inspired to combine my training in drawing, printmaking, and painting with photography. Out of that endeavor came my interest in alternative processes and color digital photography. I am aware of the controversies surrounding photography and the gaze. I feel the proliferation of photos in everyday life to the point that taking pictures can interfere with experiencing life. I notice the way photography is being used to exploit the viewer through advertisements and opinion media. I have tried to use that knowledge to create books and prints that expand the concept of documentary statements.