On Keyboards

Spring 2019

 On Keyboards

 

On Keyboards
watercolor painting
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMCH, FASCP, FCAP

Dr Eichbaum reports: “This abstract expressionist watercolor was inspired by the dexterity of musicians in ‘Music City’ (Nashville, TN). The musician’s head is seen behind a complex array of colored keyboards played by his outstretched arms. Medically, the image can also be seen as a metaphor of the physician struggling to
keep pace with the ‘keyboard’ demands of medical data and the electronic medical record.” 

Dr Eichbaum is 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. He was born and raised in Africa (Namibia), where the vast, timeless landscapes were at once harshly real and abstract in their sweeping shapes, lines, and colors. This instilled in him a lasting love for watercolor as the medium that could best capture the translucent subtlety of these landscapes and their abstractions. He has studied watercolor with numerous prominent watercolorists in the US and abroad. His works have been sold and exhibited in the US, Europe, and Africa. As a physician, he finds watercolor (a “temperamental medium”) a way of surrendering and re-centering himself, and a way of “paying attention” to the world. 

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