At midlife I went back to school to pursue degree in science, experimental psychology in visual perception. To a lot of people that seemed like a radical change but I loved research and the lab. It didn’t seem that different from the studio in many ways. In the studio I had often tried to understand how the viewer’s brain would process what I was putting on the canvas. I kept thinking that if I could understand how vision works, how the brain constructs images, that there might be ways to exploit that information to create a richer pictorial experience. The lab gave me a complementary methodology to explore these questions.