My relationship with being an artist is complex and, at present, remains layered within my roles as teacher and researcher. Though I have always loved making in one form or another, the title of “artist” was never one I was (or am) fully comfortable with. Even while working toward my BA in photography, my desire to create was always tied up with my interest in working with children. Today, my artistic practice can be understood as a form of a/r/tography, where my roles as artist, researcher, and teacher are intertwined together, and often indistinguishable from one another. However, in a more traditional definition of an artist my medium is photography, utilizing both digital and traditional (darkroom and alternative) methods.