My first photographic works were portraits of friends, drawing a line to my recent work related to the portraits of Sargent and Hopper. I had considered myself a filmmaker, having had a long career in film as well as a teacher of media topics. My film work had been mostly for television or documentary, an area that continues to be a part of my work as represented in my Berlin Bike exhibition (2012). But in 2005 I received a grant to make an installation, Prairie Winds, related to work of my cowboy grandfather, the Western Canadian painter, E.F. (Ted) Hagell. During this task I returned to photography and have been applying more of this medium in my work. Some of these works are the initial phases in my homage portraiture work, which lead me to my current installations.