Quilter's Brain I and II

The watercolor diptych, Quilter's Brain I & II, was commissioned by a Los Angeles neuroradiologist in 2007. The design inspiration was to represent a human brain using distinctive quilt patterns, with boundaries based on the Brodmann areas* of the brain cortex.

I started by making accurate drawings of the brain shapes in pencil, and then painted my designs with watercolors so that the patterns appear to wrap around and through the sulci. I wanted the painting to be as anatomically correct as possible, so I carefully indicated where sulci and Brodmann boundaries intersect.

The diptych consists of two views of a brain: a lateral view of the outside, as seen from the side, and a medial view of the inside half, also viewed from the side. The lateral view includes a pattern with retinal neurons in one of the optical areas of the brain, while the outside border of the medial view features a variety of neuron types. The rest of the patterns are fabric-like and include creatures and colors from the quilter's brain.

* Korbinian Brodmann first defined the Brodmann areas in 1909, based on the organization of the brain cortex when stained for nerve cells.

Limited Edition Prints

Quilter's Brain I
(lateral outside view)

Quilter's Brain II
(medial view)

Fine art reproductions of these original watercolor paintings
are available as hand signed and numbered limited editions,
printed on heavy, top quality watercolor paper.

The Quilter's Brain I 20x24 inches $350
The Quilter's Brain II 20x24 inches $350

For more information, or to order a print, contact me.

A portion of each purchase is donated to the Institute of the Developing Mind at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.