" I am a neurologist/neuroscientist (Professor of Neurology/Neurobiology at University of California Irvine) and an artist. I began painting while in medical school to help understand the structures being studied. As a neurologist I became especially interested in individuals with disordered sensation and cognition and their consequences for "perception". The act of "seeing" requires complex interactions between sensory inputs and our expectations. I use watercolors favoring vivid hues to reflect scenes of nature, water, and nerve cells. I want the viewer to think while looking and the process of " seeing" may often be accompanied by an unconcious smile.