Artist and health researcher Dr. Mark Gilbert explores the clinical and human applications of portraiture for patients, caregivers, medical education, and even for himself. His portraits depict caregivers’ and patients’ stories and experiences of illness and recovery, expressing a process recording an intimate collaboration between artist and sitter. Dr. Gilbert reflects back on his family’s artistic practice, his own beginnings with art and portraiture, and his two decade exploration of artistic processes that express the importance of compassionate engagement, a key feature of his arts-based research into portraiture’s clinical, ethical, and aesthetic applications. As Dr. Gilbert says, drawing is listening. This show is part one of two.