Shel Neymark was born and raised near Oak Park, Illinois, where he was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wrights architecture in the area. He majored in ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis, traveled around the country playing violin, and taught pottery. After moving to New Mexico in 1976, he has focused on studio based work and public art, from sculpture and murals to functional ceramics. To reach his home in Embudo, NM, he traverses the river in his canoe. This daily engagement with the colors and patterns in the ripples on the water inspired Neymark to create Brain Waves, as well as other works incorporating flowing water.