​    " 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.