If the image file is on the server (middle tier), refer to the Forms Builder Online Help and look for "READ_IMAGE_FILE Built-in". If the image file is on the client machine, refer to the Online Help for "CLIENT_READ_IMAGE_FILE". This is part of WebUtil.
but I'm already using READ_IMAGE_FILE to upload the picture from local drive to the form
now I need to save the picture to the database along with the values from text_items in the form as an insert
also, I am not using the menu save button, but rather have my own button INSERT NEW EMPLOYEE, where I use the WHEN_BUTTON_PRESSED trigger for the insert code...