When Ann began to think about her concept of self for the portrait, she approached it from a Buddhist perspective of "Self" as an aggregate of the body, mind, thoughts, and perceptions, and asking then, who is the Self that is looking at all these things and deciding they are the Self? Self, Ann believes, consists of a multitude of actions, reactions and feelings, yet none of them exactly define what a person is completely. She believes the answer is that we change constantly.  We are different with different people, in our varying roles as mother, friend, or employee, for instance, and different in another way when we are alone.