Intrigued by my current research, and fascinated with the biological process of phagocytosis, I was inspired to paint this representation of phagocytosis and microglia in the brain. Microglia are the resident immune cells of the brain. The large green area depicts a cell undergoing phagocytosis. As well, I wanted to demonstrate microglia in both neurotrophic (green) and neurotoxic (red) states. The pattern in the background reminiscent of the yin and the yang represents the important need for a healthy balance of microglia in the brain.