Department of Psychiatry 80th Anniversary Art Auction – Artist Biographies

Jump to an artist: Ruth Bauer | Judy Brown | Mark Cooper | Vincent Crotty | Jonathan Eiten | Susan Fornaro | Anne Grandin | Helen Gregory | Vicki Heller | Katherine Houston | Sharon Kaitz | Ellen Langer | Linda Lank-Chanowski | Mark Mennin | Karen Moss | Dick Simon | John Thompson | Karen Tusinski | Hector Velez | Helena Wurzel

Tyson Andree

Growing up consumed in the Boston graffiti world, Tyson Andree is better known as “Caype” to his peers. Tyson was one of the longest active graffiti writers in Boston, but after 20 years of graffiti addiction, he put down the can for good. He has been showing in galleries since 2002 including a group exhibition in the “Graffiti Research Lab” show at the MOMA in 2007. Along the way, Andree has met several recognized “reformed” graffiti artists, including Shepard Fairey and Barry McGee. Some of his work on paper is currently on view at the ICA – and was included in Barry McGee’s show (April 6 – September 2, 2013). With a memory of his past and a vision for his future, Andree claims that his “objective is to draw viewers into a painting through an aura of familiarity within an abstract world that still holds its mystery just beyond the known.”
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Ruth Bauer

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ruth Bauer’s artwork has been shown in exhibits in museums and galleries across the United States. Her work is included in notable private and public collections, and has been published on book jacket covers for Houghton-Mifflin, Viking and Harvard University Press. Ruth was an artist-in-residence at the HERE Arts Center and as a co-recipient with her husband Jim, received a 2004 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award for their work on The Blue Flower. Ruth is currently writing and illustrating a fictional journal of an amateur woman naturalist from the nineteenth century who has traveled to the mythical isle of Kokovoko (the home of the charismatic cannibal Queequeg in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick) to document the flora and fauna there.
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Judy Brown

In Judy Brown’s own words:

“I attended RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), but did not discover my love of painting until I was in my seventies. As a residential designer for over thirty years, my love for color and translating client’s visions has brought me pure pleasure. Everything is art to me: composing food for dinner parties, getting dressed as the art of adornment. The visuals of life are my passion. I paint and study with my gifted teacher, Gema Phillis, in her private studio. She is known for her inspired teaching and her accomplishments in fine art. Painting has become my way of moving through the loves and losses of life. Seeing my pieces hanging in the homes of family and friends brings me true happiness and fulfillment.”

Judy is a founding member of the Depression Clinical and Research Program Advisory Council since 2007.
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Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper’s paintings and sculptures made with fiberglass pieces, layered with rice paper, paint, silk-screens and varying images and patterns, explore dualities of culture and meaning. Cooper is best-known for his large public art pieces, made in collaboration with children, hospital patients, students and other constituencies, for such institutions as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston College Museum, Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Grounds and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris. He received his MFA from Tufts University/SMFA, and is currently an adjunct professor at Boston College, as well as a graduate and regular faculty member at the SMFA. Cooper’s work is in several major museums, as well as corporate and private collections.
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Vincent Crotty

Vincent Crotty began painting at age seven. He went on to receive training in sign painting at 22 and was soon studying with the well-known West Cork sign painter Tomás Tuipéir. He immigrated to Boston in 1990, where he studied with artist John Kilroy for many years, and later trained in figure drawing with Paul Rahilly at Massachusetts College of Art. He also attended the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona and has taken workshops with T. Allen Lawson, Kevin MacPherson, Matt Smith and John Stobart. He continues to travel widely to pursue workshops and plein air painting events.

Inspired by the 20th Century Ashcan School, his paintings of Boston and New England celebrate the gritty corners of urban American life. He explores the places and faces of both the American and Irish Atlantic coasts as his primary subject matter. Known for his fresh, cheerful and evocative style, his distinctive vision stands out among contemporary representational painters.

Vincent Crotty’s work has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the John Stobart Foundation in Boston, and plein air competitions internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries in Ireland and throughout the U.S. for three decades, and has presented workshops in Ireland, Nova Scotia, Colorado, Wyoming, New York and throughout New England. His paintings have been commissioned by the Boston College Burns Library, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Centre in New York and other organizations and private collections.

In addition to his gallery shows, Vincent’s paintings have been featured as set designs for theater companies and touring productions including Atlantic Steps, the Cork City Ballet, the Huntington Theater Company, Kieran Jordan Dancers and the WGBH Celtic Sojourn productions. Four of his paintings were used on the film set in the 2003 Clint Eastwood movie Mystic River.
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Jonathan Eiten

Jonathan Eiten began his formal studies as an artist in 1987 while attending Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he studied printmaking under Lawrence Mills. In 1989 he had the opportunity to go to The Netherlands as an exchange student where he studied Dutch Art History at the University of Leiden. While there, he also took studio courses at ARS Aemula Naturae (Leiden School of Art) under Frans De Haas. He later attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating in 1992 with a B.F.A in fine art, with a focus in printmaking and drawing.

In 1997, Jonathan moved to Maine where he worked with artist Jon Allen Marshall. A year later, during a second trip to Holland, he came into contact with contemporary Dutch realism. This exposure helped to focus his creative process which has been shaped by a number of people including contemporary painters from the Noordelijke Realisten movement and painters such as Chardin and the 17th-century Dutch masters. He paints from life and wants the image to be objective, but also strives to reveal a reality beyond what one first sees. For example, he is interested in the story told by the scratches in a wooden table or the worn pages of a letter or book. His technique guides the viewer beyond the objects to the story being told.

In 2005 Jonathan became a member of the Copley Society of Art. He has enjoyed participating in a number of shows at their gallery on Newbury Street in Boston as well as off-site exhibits at Harvard College and Symphony Hall. He has shown at other galleries in Boston and participated in the 2013 Allston Arts Open Studios. Recently, one of his paintings was selected for the 2014 Regional Painting Competition at The Guild of Boston Artists. He has also exhibited his work at several galleries in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
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Susan Fornaro

Susan Fornaro was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Expressive Art Therapy in 1991 from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1975 from Central Connecticut State University. She has studied advanced drawing at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.; collage and water media at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.; figure drawing at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; and Impressionist painting at the Cape Cod School of Art, also in Provincetown.

Ms. Fornaro’s art has been represented by Gallery 333 in Falmouth, Mass. since 2006; by Cortile Gallery and McGuire Gallery both in Provincetown. She has exhibited in the Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibit at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass., 6 out of 7 years since 2006, being awarded 3 Juror’s commendations in that time. In 2007, she exhibited at the Danforth Art Museum, Member’s Show, also being awarded Juror’s commendation. In 2007, she participated in the New England Representational Painting Exhibit at the Guild of Boston Artists. She was a member of Weston Art Association, Concord Art Association and Cambridge Art Association, winning numerous awards and prizes during the years she lived in those communities.

In 2000, Susan was commissioned by Harvard Dental School to create a Tromp l’Oeil Mural for a school corridor. In 1999 she was hired by Children’s Hospital to paint 3×7’ mural and 32 paintings to create whimsical and happy art for the waiting area and examination rooms in their outpatient building.

Ms. Fornaro works as a full time Art Psychotherapist with a thriving private practice in Canton, Mass. She uses her leisure time to paint and immerse herself in the world of making art and growing as an artist.
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Anne Grandin

Anne Grandin has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the Moore College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Education from Boston University. Her paintings have appeared across the United States in Arizona, California, Massachusetts and New York at The Ashok Jain Gallery where she is represented. In 2009 she and her partner won the competition for a 45 foot mural on the side of the Stop and Shop in Vineyard Haven, MA. She has exhibited her work in Canada, Italy,Vienna and Uganda where she worked with High School students on an 18-foot mural on a mission trip. In May of 2011, she had a solo show based on The Native American Living Circle at The Copley Society on Newbury Street in Boston, MA. Anne was in “International Contemporary Art Masters Volume VI” and exhibited at The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2013. Her paintings have also appeared at The Red Dot Art Fair during Art Basel. She is an Art member of the Copley Society in Boston and on the Advisory Board of Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. In 2014, she produced an ibook which is available on iTunes called the “Circle of Life: the Spiritual Journey of an artist and her message of peace.”
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Helen Gregory

Helen Gregory’s career has spanned over 40 years in the fine and commercial arts. She holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in the arts. She began as an art educator and supervisor, later became co owner and VP of a woman’s clothing line responsible for design, color direction and production. In the early 90‘s, she launched her own decorative arts company specializing in murals, Trompe L’Oeil, and faux finishes. The one constant throughout was her passion to create her own work.

Her commissioned works range from realism to abstract, but her personal style has a very fluid impressionistic feel which she creates in mixed media and acrylic. Her love of travel and the outdoors have always been a major influence.

Always realizing the importance of “giving back”, over the years, she has used her skills in a wide range of volunteer work including: reconstruction work with a team in Mississippi after Katrina where she also designed and supervised a mural in a child care facility there; she has designed and produced a series of paintings for the children’s wing of Winchester Hospital and has organized and supervised murals at Roxbury Community College daycare facility and local public schools, working with students and volunteers. She co-chaired the Needham Women’s Club Holiday House Tour for last 9 years and has donated her artwork for auction to multiple fundraising events.
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Vicki Heller

Vicki Heller grew up in Detroit, MI, and became interested in ceramics and painting at an early age, participating in fine arts programs at an international arts camp in Traverse City, MI since age 7. She attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in ceramics and painting in 1982. After moving to Boston, she joined the Radcliffe Pottery Studio [now the Harvard Ceramics Program] where she continues to work.

She exhibited in a number of galleries in Michigan and Chicago, and regularly participated in major art fairs in Detroit and Ann Arbor until she entered medical school. Dr. Heller is an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and an assistant gynecologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Prior to medical school, she spent 6 months in Florence, Italy, sculpting and exhibiting a series of works based on Tuscan architecture. She has made series of sculptures focusing on ways that man shapes his environment for utilitarian purposes, including transportation, landscaping and architecture. While at Harvard Medical School she created a variation on a theme of a well-known New Yorker Magazine cover by Saul Steinberg. The graphic satirized the distorted view of the world and NYC by a New Yorker replacing it instead with an equally distorted view of the world by Harvard Medical School. The image was made into a poster, a t-shirt, and was also published as a cover of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Bulletin.

Since medical training, full time practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist, and raising a family, Vicki transitioned to making smaller works including mugs and boxes encompassing imaginary animals and clay whistles.

Dr. Heller has recently retired from private practice to spend more time sculpting.
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Katherine Houston

Katherine Houston is a living artist working in an 18th century technique, adapting the techniques and masterful creations of the past with a 21st century approach to design and technicality. She is one of the few artists in the world carrying on a tradition of hand sculpting hard paste porcelain, decorated with a broad range of color over glazes.

Ms. Houston is directly influenced by ancient Imperial and Chinese wares and those of 18th century Meissen and Sèvres. She has lectured and demonstrated her technique around the country in numerous museums and associations and has regularly exhibited at the New York Ceramics Fair; the Palm Beach Art and Antiques Show, the Baltimore Art and Antique Show, and also in Greenwich, CT, Winterthur, DE and Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Houston’s work is collected throughout the United States, in Europe, South America, and Japan and can be seen at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, which houses an internationally acclaimed porcelain collection. Ms. Houston has been commissioned by The White House to create an exclusive work of art – an authentic ‘American Pumpkin’ – to be used as State Department gifts. She has been represented at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Gumps, Saks Fifth Avenue and Scully and Scully. She is a 2005 recipient of a Distinguished Women’s Award bestowed annually by Northwood University to women who are outstanding in their fields.
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Sharon Kaitz

Sharon Kaitz is a Boston artist who has shown her work in the United States and internationally since 1981.

Her paintings are to be found in the permanent collections of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, in corporate collections such as those of General Cinema, Fidelity, the Bank of America and the private collections of art collectors including the playwright and movie director David Mamet, the actress Felicity Huffman, There Designs, and the Director of the ICA Jill Medvedow. Ms. Kaitz has shown in many museums and is currently represented by Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA.

Her paintings have been shown in the Beth Urdang Gallery, the Harcus Gallery and the Mourlot Gallery, and in the show Bad Touch that traveled from the Rose Art Museum to Ukraine, Germany and elsewhere, and most recently in June 2006 at Artspace Gallery in Jerusalem.

In 1997 Sharon was hired by the ART theatre in Cambridge, Mass. to design and paint the set for the world premiere of David Mamet’s play BOSTON MARRIAGE. The set was favorably reviewed in,and among other publications, The New York Times. She has also collaborated with Mr. Mamet on film work, providing art for his movie OLEANNA.

Sharon holds a BA from Goddard College and an MFA from Pratt Institute. She has taught drawing and painting at The Boston Museum School, Emerson College, Northeastern University, UMass Boston and The Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem.
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Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer is a self taught artist who describes her painting as intuitive art. Her work is simultaneously naive and psychologically sophisticated. Perhaps the latter isn’t surprising since she’s a psychology professor at Harvard. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Scientist awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Staats Award for Unifying Psychology, The World Congress Best Psychologist Award and the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, to name only a few of her many honors. In addition, a series she filmed for the BBC was nominated for a BAFTA (British Emmy).

She started painting while in her fifties, and Random House published her book, On Becoming An Artist, with a painting of hers on the cover and 20 or so of her paintings in full color in the book.

She has participated in many juried, solo and two-person shows, including one in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she lectured on Mindful Creativity. She is often referred to as the ‘mother of mindfulness’ and is the author of 11 books, including the international bestseller Mindfulness. Read more about Ellen Langer in this article from the Oct. 22, 2014 New York Times.
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Linda Lank-Chanowski

Linda Lank-Chanowski’s experience in multiple mediums and published creative writing, coupled with commercial experience, all lend to her direction in visual art.

She is a student of Rita Guzzi, who teaches both in Boston Massachusetts and Talloires, France. Ms. Guzzi’s idyllic paintings of children have been exhibited nationwide in museums, galleries and permanent collections, including the Archdiocese of Boston, The Pentagon and NASA.

Linda has been commissioned to create custom works by several of Boston’s well known Interior Designers for their discerning clients. Several non-profit institutions have asked to display her work and she is in the process of forming a charitable foundation that will present her work in some of Boston’s health care facilities and refuges for the homeless and needy.
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Mark Mennin

Mark Mennin is a sculptor who is known mostly for his monumental granite carvings in landscape and architecture. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews, The Boston Globe, Depatures and on the cover of Sculpture Magazine. On the graduate faculty at the New York Academy of Art, Mark has also written on Sculpture for Arts Magazine and ArtNews.
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Karen Moss

Karen Moss has been drawing and painting since childhood, when her earliest influences were books and book illustrations. This foreshadowed her adult interest in children’s art, art education, museums and natural history.

She received a BFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has taught drawing and painting in Massachusetts public schools, private schools, colleges and universities for over 25 years, including Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and Harvard University.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, and is included in numerous public and private collections such as: The Graham Gund Collection, The De Cordova Museum, The Boston Public Library, Vassar College Art Gallery, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has also done commissions for The MBTA, Children’s Hospital, and The Westin Hotel in Copley Square.

Karen has been the recipient of the Blanche E. Coleman Award, a finalist for the Bunting Institute Fellowship and also the MA Council on Arts and Humanities Foundation in Painting.

Although her art is typically rooted in American culture or history it has occasionally been inspired by foreign travel. The watercolor donated for this auction was done after living on the island of Bali for a month in a thatched cottage among the rice fields.
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Dick Simon

Dick Simon shares the untold human stories behind the headlines in regions of conflict around the world, bridging the gap between “us” and “them.” His photographs and personal accounts from Syria, North Korea, Iran, Israel/Palestine and elsewhere have appeared in the Boston Globe, NPR/PBS, the Huffington Post, and other major media. He has given presentations, using his images and stories to enhance awareness and educate, at TEDx, Harvard, Tufts, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Chapters around the world, museums, and a variety of religious, community and business organizations. Exhibitions include Danforth Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Minneapolis Photo Center, The Art Institute of New York and The New England Institute of Art. Simon is co-Founder and chair of the YPO Peace Action Network (PAN), engaging more than 21,000 business leaders in 135 countries, utilizing their unique expertise, relationships and resources to make a difference globally. A serial entrepreneur and real estate developer, Dick is an active social enterprise philanthropist and committed changemaker.
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John Thompson

John Thompson founded and maintains a studio and print shop in the Lincoln Arts Building in Waltham, Mass. and a painting studio in Washington, Conn. John teaches printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and leads an annual trip to China for MassArt students. He has conducted workshops with Danforth Arts, Framingham, Mass.; the Washington Art Association, Washington, Conn. and others in the region. He works with Master Printer Peter Pettingill at Wingate Studio in Hinsdale, NH. His work is in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and in locations internationally. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University, an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA from Babson College and another MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. John serves on several boards of art and educational institutions.

Current and recent showings include: Childs Gallery, Boston, Mass.; Webster and Company, Boston, Mass.; Coleman Fine Arts, Charleston, SC; Urban Oasis Giveaway, HGTV, Boston, Mass.; Sunshine Museum, Beijing, China; Two Lines Gallery, Beijing, China; and the Aids Benefit Invitational, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Mass., among many others.
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Karen Tusinski

Karen Tusinski is a contemporary artist who paints on-site year-round in her studio and gallery that she opened in 2008 located in the picturesque town of Rockport, Mass.

Common themes in her work include bright poppies in a variety of color schemes, pebble-strewn beaches with tranquil seas, and reoccurring circular patterns in both abstracts and expressive still lifes.

Karen has continuously exhibited her oil paintings at numerous galleries since receiving her B.F.A. Painting, 1998, from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass.

Her paintings were also included in the movie: ‘THE PROPOSAL’ starring Sandra Bullock; & most recently the up & coming (Nov.2) HBO mini-series: Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand.

Tusinski’s work is collected worldwide, including the collections of award-winning actress Sandra Bullock and film visionary Robert Redford.

Her work has also been featured in several magazines: American Art Collector, Art New England, Boston Home, Cape Ann Lifestyle, Coastal Home, Coastal Living, Maine Home & Design and Southwest Art.
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Hector Velez

In Hector Velez’s own words:

I was fortunate to grow up during the 60’s & 70’s in the traditional Colonia San Angel of Mexico City. This area was home to Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo, and architect Juan O’Gorman. Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo’s studio/home was just up the street from my family home. I walked past this studio daily and ever since I can remember, I was enamored with the view. The mix of O’Gorman’s functionalistic architecture and the large traditional Mexican folk art papier-mache dolls seen through the giant studio windows made me fall in love with art and architecture. This neighborhood and its images continually inspire me and are at the core of my many artistic explorations.

I received my BA in Architecture from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. I also studied landscape architecture and fine arts at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Escuela de Bellas Artes respectively.

My love of both art and architecture led me to the film industry where I worked as a set designer and art director. While working on Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall”, I met my wife who was an American working on the film. We moved to Los Angeles where I continued working on numerous films, commercials and music videos. For the past few years, painting has been my main concentration of work.

Living in Los Angeles has given me a different perspective to my art. Mexican culture and imagery is ever present in my work, but influences by other cultures have enhanced my imagination and the way I paint to tell a story.

I have shown in galleries throughout Mexico, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and most recently was part of a past exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon.
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Helena Wurzel

Helena Wurzel was born in Newton, MA in 1980. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 2003 and received her MFA from Boston University in 2007. She currently teaches Painting & Drawing in the Upper School at Buckingham Browne & Nichols. She has also been an instructor at Montserrat College, RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), and the University of New Hampshire. From 2010-2014 she was the artist representative for Gamblin Oil Paint and Strathmore Paper and has given numerous lectures and demonstrations about art materials in schools all over the northeast region. In 2010 she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Painting and was chosen to be a resident at The Vermont Studio Center. She is published in the New American Paintings Northeast Edition No.92 catalog. Limited edition prints of her work are available at www.20× She also creates original paintings for the online promotion of the fashion label Kate Spade Saturday. Her work is on display at Jonathan Adler in Los Angeles and online. The artist lives and works in Cambridge, MA.
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