I begin with a photograph of a subject that has captured my attention and emotions - and that photo usually becomes my finished art. But sometimes my creative ideas include adding other visual elements or artistic mediums. Using a computer enables me to add painterly effects to my photographs while still maintaining some areas of photographic detail. I often explore all possibilities of design and composition by rearranging some of the visual elements. I like the ambiguity of many of my images – is it a painting or a photograph? Yes, it is both.