As a woman and an artist, my world revolves around two realms - social activism, and creative expression. As often as I can, I look for ways to fuse these two passions photographically, whether by documenting the struggle with depression for a family member to address the stigma regarding mental illness, or developing a fine art project meant to highlight the irreplaceable value of our environment and planet. I've tackled long-term photojournalistic projects like Nestle's corrupt pursuit for water in rural Pennsylvania, and am always aiming to raise awareness about horribly underrepresented issues. My most recent project, Every Woman I Know, is a series of portraits depicting every woman I know who has been a victim of sexual violence, and is presently ongoing, with roughly 35 women interested in participating so far. I believe in the power of art, and most especially photography, to communicate these problems in a way that words cannot, and hope that the images I create carry the same weight as my passion for these critical issues.