I am a Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Professor of Medical Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. I was born and raised in Namibia/Africa where the vast landscapes were at once harshly real and abstract in their sweeping shapes, lines, and colors. This instilled in me a lasting love for watercolor as the medium that could best capture the translucent subtlety of these landscapes. I now paint both landscapes and abstracts. I have studied watercolor with numerous prominent watercolorists in the US and abroad. My works have been exhibited and sold in the US, Europe, and Africa. Painting keeps me paying attention to the world—and, as a physician, I associate the "temperamental" nature of watercolor with impermanence, and the transience of life.