I began making photographs in 1971, and studied with Nathan Lyons at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, from 1971 to 1973. What I took from this extraordinary experience was an abiding and liberating appreciation for visual thinking and the extended frame, as practiced through the sequencing of images (for asking how and why one image leads to the next). In addition to making photographs, I have also made sculptures, furniture, and jewelry. But, making photographs has been the true artistic through line for my life.

The other part of my career, beyond the artistic, has been dedicated to human rights, refugee resettlement, and community integration. I have been a national consultant to immigration attorneys on asylum documentation and expert testimony, the executive director of a torture treatment center, the Colorado State Refugee Coordinator, the president of the national State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement, and the cofounder and executive director of nonprofit organizations dedicated to community navigation and microenterprise for refugees and immigrants.