HCA Houston Healthcare - July 27, 2020

"I understand this work can be tireless and the accolades are sometimes few," said Houston-based artist Mathieu Jean Baptiste about healthcare workers facing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "It is my hope that nurses, doctors, and hospital staff will feel the love and appreciation in my mural and realize their heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed."

HeART for Heroes logo

Baptiste is one of eight local artists, each who have previously participated in Bayou City Art Festival and are now participants of "HeART for Heroes," an initiative designed to bring visual art to hospitals as an outlet for frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

This partnership between HCA Houston Healthcare and Bayou City Art Festival makes it possible for these artists to show their appreciation for healthcare workers and spread joy to patients by bringing their artwork straight to them.

In a typical year, these artists may have participated in Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park, which occurs in the spring. The outdoor event, which is in its 49th year, brings out more than 20,000 people to Memorial Park offering visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists. But unsurprisingly, due to the City of Houston's emergency health declaration in March, the event was postponed and is now transitioned to be a part of Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall.

In the meantime, these eight artists find their work on display in a different type of venue for a different reason.

Elanie Lanoue, a contemporary artist, said when she was asked if she was interested in participating in the project she immediately said yes.

"I became quite excited about the potential to connect to the healthcare community with my emotion-based happy art," she explained. "I think I actually will get back more than I have given to this project. Seeing the smiles and excitement as my art was being hung was truly gratifying. It is inspiring to me as an artist to see others connect with my work."

The project brings the joy of art and much-needed healing during this unprecedented time, said Kelly Batterson, executive director of Art Colony Association, the nonprofit organization that produces the festival.

"The artists of Bayou City Art Festival inspire us all with their heart and through their art to recognize, appreciate and show the community's appreciation for healthcare heroes on the frontline," she said.

Kelli Nations, chief nursing executive at HCA Houston Healthcare, expressed her appreciation for the partnership and the artists who have given their time and talent in the form of donated and custom pieces, temporary exhibits and wall murals at seven of HCA Houston Healthcare's area hospitals.

"Partnering with Bayou City Art Festival during this pandemic means a great deal to our colleagues and frontline workers," she said. "It will spread messages of inspiration and hope as we all work together through these challenging times."


Lisa Morales, HCA Houston Clear Lake

Lisa Morales shows her painting The Secret Life of Rabbits

A local Houstonian, Lisa Morales is a mixed media collage artist who creates intricate works of art out of hand painted papers. Her collage process starts when she paints and textures papers of all kinds — sheet music, deli paper, book pages, recipes, hand written notes, maps and art papers are some of her favorite papers to use. The next step in her collage process, is to tear and glue the paper pieces down individually. Sometimes as many as 1000 different papers are in one piece of art.

Believing in the transportive power of art, Morales hopes that both those providing and receiving healthcare will see her piece and remember the happiness of home and family even when you find yourself in an unexpected place.

The donated artwork "The Secret Life of Rabbits" is on display at HCA Houston Clear Lake.

What is the significance of this piece and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"My work, in general, has a very simple goal and that is to bring the viewer a sense of happiness and joy. It's funny to me that when children view this piece they always ask me, 'How did the rabbits get up there?' and I tell the kids that the rabbits had to work very hard and help each other to climb into the nest. I imagine it’s the same for healthcare workers — they work very hard and help each other out and they might find themselves in unfamiliar territory but they make it work."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"My hope for the viewer of this piece in the hospital is that it speaks to them of 'home' and 'family' in an unexpected place. I truly believe that art can transport someone instantaneously to a happier place. I have seen it first hand when people walk into my booth at an art show and their entire body language changes; they often giggle or squeal. If this piece of art can bring that kind of happiness, even for a moment, to someone going through something that causes them to be hospitalized, I'm happy to be a contributor to that kind of joy."

About the artist

Artist Lisa Morales

After 25 years of experience on the performing side of the art spectrum, Lisa Morales enrolled in Glassell School of Art in 2008 and began to study design, color theory, drawing and collage. Today, she is a member of the National Collage Society and is represented by Abbey Road/Penny Lane Fine Art for art licensing. Her whimsical images appear on puzzles, greeting cards, journals and many more gift items throughout the United States.

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Summer Lydick, HCA Houston Kingwood

Summer Lydick HeART for Arts paintings

An unapologetic sensualist, Summer Lydick believes in self-expression, big ideas, hearty laughter, and a healthy glass of wine. She draws inspiration from her daily life which is filled with fresh flowers, swatches of fabric, photos of her travels, daily doses of sunshine, and a variety of music during all her waking hours.

Lydick brings her brand of bold, colorful joy to all who experience her artwork. It is her hope that this exhibit does the same for healthcare workers and patients who are at the hospital during this challenging time.

The exhibit of vibrant flowers is temporarily on display at HCA Houston Kingwood.

What is the significance of this piece and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"My artwork is about happiness, joy and beauty. It is well-documented that bright colors vibrate at higher frequencies and these frequencies are very inspiring and help stimulate healing. It is my intention to uplift the lives of the hospital employees and patients by imparting some lightness and positivity to the healthcare atmosphere with my artwork."

About the artist

Artist Summer Lydick

Summer Lydick knew from the tender age of two that she wanted to be an artist. Since then, she has completed large scale public murals for cities and corporations, as well as infused her colorful aesthetic into the total redesign of children's wing of a church. Throughout her travels, Lydick has painted a series on her balcony in Paris for a small exhibition, drew with locals on the coast of India, and created the artwork for the individual suites of a private hotel in Costa Rica.

Lydick is a longstanding member of the advisory board at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. She is featured in private collections in New York, Miami, Paris, and all over Texas as well as the public collections of Lamar University and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.

For more information on Summer Lydick and her artwork, visit:


Kelly Grayson, HCA Houston Medical Center

Kelly Grayson HeART for Arts painting

Kelly Grayson, a local, self-taught artist, pursued all the art hobbies she could get her hands on starting at age 12. She has applied her talents in drawing/painting, jewelry making, redesigning furniture, and computer aided drafting. Today, she is a well-developed acrylic artist and centers most of her art in the medium, as well as a sentimental charcoal artist.

An asthmatic, Grayson painted this piece after suffering from an intense asthma attack. She wanted to express her longing for relief, something she believes those diagnosed with COVID-19 and other acute or chronic illnesses must also feel.

The donated painting empathetically titled "Lungs on Fire" is on display at HCA Houston Medical Center.

What is the significance of this piece and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"I have severe asthma and painted this piece post-asthma attack when I was so angry and just frustrated from being unable to breathe. This piece signifies wanting to be able to just get relief — a feeling those suffering from COVID-19 must feel. I think it speaks to the healthcare community to show how the patient feels. It's so hard to explain the feeling of a specific physical pain sometimes. I laugh thinking of that 'what's your pain level' chart when I think of this painting."

What do you hope healthcare providers and patients take away from viewing your work in the hospital?

"I hope employees and patients both understand the severity of this pandemic and understand this isn't something to take lightly. We can't pretend this isn't happening or serious. This isn't going to go away because we just want it to, we have to care."

What inspired you to give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"I wanted to participate and show that those in need of help during this pandemic, especially the vulnerable populations affected by the virus, truly need the protective measures and resources available. I hope people don't take this lightly and care for their loved ones and others' loved ones. You may be healthy but someone else's loved one may not be. I can't go out as much as I would like, but I can participate in a small way to spread awareness."

About the artist

Artist Kelly Grayson

Kelly Grayson a local, self-taught artist, is a well-developed acrylic artist and centers most of her art in the medium, as well as a sentimental charcoal artist. Starting at age 12, she pursued all the art hobbies she could get her hands on; drawing/painting, jewelry making, redesigning furniture, and, for steady income, an eight year career in computer aided drafting.

Grayson fought to accept the concept that it wasn't feasible to pursue art as a career. Though she longed for it, the words "starving artist" hung over her head and kept her from believing the dream. That is until mid-2016, when she met her husband Joseph and they began their family together. At this point, she devoted her heart to her family and it blossomed her art in full swing.

For more information on Kelly Grayson and her artwork, visit:


Stacy Gresell, HCA Houston North Cypress

Stacy Gresell HeART for Arts painting

Stacy Gresell, is largely a self-taught encaustic painter who enjoys thinking about the whole piece. She has experience with a wide range of artistic mediums, and the frames in her work, all handmade, are usually recycled from some former life and integral to the piece.

Her husband is a charge nurse, who is currently working on a COVID-19 assigned floor in a local hospital. As a precaution, they have lived in physical separation since April 9th. They eat outside 10 feet away. He lives in the master bedroom and uses a separate entrance. She puts on gloves to handle his laundry.

In Gresell's words, she lives this pandemic every day in a way that most people don't and is acutely aware of the risks healthcare workers are taking on. It is her hope that healthcare providers and patients will view her painting and feel seen. That they'll see some part of what they're going through and be able to identify in some way.

The donated custom painting "Living on the Downbeat" is on display at HCA Houston North Cypress.

What is the significance of this piece and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"Hopefully, it will honor everyone who faces this pandemic every day. It is colorfully inclusive of the incredible diversity of people who are risking their lives to take care of others day in and day out. I'm a mixed-media artist so the inclusion of the materials used is purposeful, thoughtful and reflective of the reality we're all living in."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"I am a full-time instructor at a community college, in addition to being a working artist, so the connection to community is and always has been a part of my thinking. Watching my husband's commitment and the outreach that the Bayou City Art Festival does in its own community to support artists and the arts, is always a mission I can get behind. This collaboration seemed like a natural fit and it's a good way for me to honor the work he and his colleagues do every day in the most vivid way I know how."

About the artist

Artist Stacy Gresell

A mixed-media artist, Stacy Gresell has experience with a wide range of artistic mediums, including lamp work glass, stained glass, oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, jewelry making, silversmithing, sewing, and leather work. She loves objects with multiple personalities or recognizable things that change when incorporated in a piece of artwork. Also an educator, she has taught communication at a local community college where she encourages students to look at all sides of the story just as her artwork does.

Gresell's art can be seen at Winter Street Studios at Sawyer Yards and she is also a semi-regular at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. In addition, her work has been featured in area publications and other galleries around town.

For more information on Stacy Gresell and her artwork, visit:


Elanie Lanoue, HCA Houston West

Elaine Lanoue HeART for Arts painting

Elaine Rose Lanoue is a contemporary acrylic semi-representational, abstract painter whose love of diverse ethnicities and colorful landscapes of her mind inspire her to paint highly textured and colorful canvasses, which she calls her "happy" paintings. Her work focuses on relationships, the beauty of nature, and the joy of children.

When viewing her paintings, Lanoue hopes that healthcare providers and patients will take away a sense of peace, beauty, love, joy and hope in times of turmoil. She wants them know that their gifts to the community of their time, talent, energy and emotional investment in stressful times is appreciated by herself and others.

The temporary exhibit of "happy" paintings was on display at HCA Houston West.

What is the significance of this piece to you and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"Creating and choosing different pieces of art to hang for this display was based on various themes of my art as a way to honor healthcare workers by showing them beauty and joy during this pandemic. I wanted to show them they matter.

It is my desire that showing art of unity among people, love and peace of people and joy of children, as well as beautiful flowers and happy houses, give a sense of hope to the community."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"When I was asked if I, as an artist in the community, was interested in participating in this project, I immediately replied yes. I became quite excited about the potential to connect to the healthcare community with my emotion-based happy art. My work is about relationships, the beauty of nature, and the joy of children. I felt my art was a perfect fit for this project and would be my way of telling healthcare workers I appreciate them.

I think I actually will get back more than I have given to this project. Seeing the smiles and excitement as my art was being hung was truly gratifying. It is inspiring to me as an artist to see others connect with my work. Art is a language and when we speak the same language it is encouraging. Please let the healthcare community know that I am only one of many who care about them. They are indeed essential individuals."

About the artist

Artist Elaine Lanoue

A contemporary acrylic semi-representational, abstract painter, Elaine Rose Lanoue works together with her husband Guiteau Lanoue in their studio in Houston, Texas. She gives God all of the glory for her gifts for she believes "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." She hopes her artwork will bring joy and peace to those that view it.

Many of Lanoue's pieces have been purchased by well-known corporations and placed in permanent collections all over the world. She has been featured in 1984 Notable Women of Texas, 2008-2009 Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in Interior Design under her previous painting name of Elaine Rose in 1990. She exhibited at the International Art Expo in New York City at Jacob Javits from 1984 to 1992.

For more information on Elaine Lanoue and her artwork, visit:


Hilda Rueda, The Woman's Hospital of Texas

Hilda Rueda HeART for Arts painting

Colombian-born Hilda Rueda was a trained petroleum engineer with a master's degree in International Business before deciding to change her career to follow her true passion the visual and literary arts. She studied art at Glasell School Houston, Calgary Arts, Canada, and took short training sessions from living masters.

Today, Rueda is a local artist who specializes in acrylic and oil paintings that mostly focus on women of all races and ages. She sees HeART for Heroes as an opportunity to uplift and connect those who are hurting or suffering in any manner. Her hope is that the healthcare providers and patients viewing her work find a window to reflect about themselves and the value of life and living.

The exhibit of paintings is temporarily on display at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

What is the significance of this exhibit to you and how does it speak to the viewer?

"The significance of this exhibit to me is the opportunity to uplift and connect those that are hurting or suffering in any manner and to convey a sense of relief and peace with my words and paintings to a larger community. I want my art to be seen as an element of unity and harmony.

My paintings are mostly about women of all races and ages. I paint from live models and I intend to show the emotions and feelings of the person in front of me. Therefore my art doesn't talk about appearance but rather about the soul, the individual and common emotions that make us human."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"Art is not art until the viewer can relate to it. My art has a message and I want it to be seen and understood. In the difficult times we are going through the only thing that we should do is to connect and relate to others and this is my way to connect and give."

About the artist

Artist Hilda Rueda

Hilda Rueda currently resides in Tomball, where she has her studio and where her art can be seen in person. She is an active member of several art organizations that contribute to the promotion of education in the visual arts. She also writes poetry, which is sometimes incorporated into her paintings.

Rueda's art is in private collections in Canada, Brazil, and the United States. She has exhibited her artwork in several countries and her work has received multiple awards and positive critic review. Hilda currently exhibits at Da Vinci Artist Gallery and participates in art shows and exhibitions all over Houston. Rueda also teaches art and languages in school and private settings.

For more information on Hilda Rueda and her artwork, visit:


Mathieu Jean Baptiste, The Woman's Hospital of Texas

Mathieu Baptiste HeART for Arts mural

Mathieu Jean Baptiste is an acclaimed, self-taught artist whose passion, creativity and social compass resonates throughout his artistic works. He is of Haitian ancestry and his rich heritage attributes to his impeccable ability of infusing culture and art. He is known for his paintings, murals, and metal sculptures. The core of his artistic prowess is his belief that art should teach, heal, and inspire.

With a childhood dream to become a doctor, Baptiste possesses a healing desire, and wanted to create a mural at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. The custom artwork pays homage to those who have or are currently serving on the frontline every day, especially during this pandemic, providing healing and hope to those who need it.

The custom mural will be a permanent fixture at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

What is the significance of this piece to you and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"As a child, I dreamed of becoming a doctor. I wanted to provide healthcare to those who could not afford it and in places where it was nonexistent. I had, and still have, a desire to heal and creating this mural pays homage to those who have or are currently serving on the frontline every day, especially during this pandemic, providing healing and hope to those who need it. Additionally, I believe in preserving culture and heritage and I was impressed that the hospital wanted to honor their legacy by infusing their core values, primary color schemes and logo into the mural.

The realization that the hospital staff delivers 30 babies a day, in addition to addressing comprehensive women's healthcare needs, is astonishing. This mural is an artistic salute to the unsung heroes of the healthcare community and it will serve as a visual appreciation of a job well done."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"The Woman's Hospital of Texas is part of my family's history. My wife, Crystal, gave birth to our twins here. When approached by the Bayou City Arts Festival to submit a proposal to commission this mural, I was moved by the opportunity and honored to be chosen to create such an inspirational piece. This mural will not only be a part of the hospital's legacy, it will also be a part of my family's legacy.

It is my hope that nurses, doctors and hospital staff will feel the love and appreciation in my mural and realize that their heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed."

About the artist

Artist Mathieu Jean Baptiste

Mathieu Jean Baptiste is an acclaimed artist whose passion, creativity and social compass resonates throughout his artistic works he is known for paintings, murals and metal sculptures. He is of Haitian ancestry and his rich heritage attributes to his impeccable ability of infusing culture and art.

Baptiste's influences are of the Mannerist movement and Surrealist era. These styles are seen throughout his work, which has been exhibited in Discovery Green, Jung Center, Rice University-Fest Eve, Art Basel 2019-Art Beat Miami, Haiti's Presidential Palace, museums, churches, galleries and charity events such as APROFISA and Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

For more information on Mathieu Jean Baptiste and his artwork, visit:


Curt Baldwin, Texas Orthopedic Hospital

Curt Baldwin HeART for Arts painting

Curt Baldwin was a graphic designer, until he and his wife moved to Houston and he began painting to decorate their new home. Eventually their wall space ran out and he began to sell pieces. He is now a full-time artist whose oil paintings are inspired by the family lake cottage in Michigan where he spent his childhood summers.

Understanding the importance of moments where the world stops and the mind quiets, Baldwin hopes to bring healthcare workers some peace. He believes that if anyone needs a break and a moment to pause and reflect, it's those who haven't stopped since the pandemic began.

The painting is temporarily on display at Texas Orthopedic Hospital.

What is the significance of this piece to you and how does it speak to the healthcare community?

"My work is based upon my experiences on the water and boats growing up. It is a subject matter that many can relate to, yet each have their own connection to it. For me, each piece evokes a memory and a moment when the world stops and the mind drifts off naturally.

I don't control where the waves take the viewer, but they have a tendency to take us to good places. If anyone needs a break and a moment to pause and reflect, my hope is that my painting helps those who haven't stopped since the pandemic began."

What inspired you to participate in HeART for Heroes and give back to the healthcare community through your art?

"Houston has been very good to my wife and I, and this was an opportunity to share my work with many who might never see it. The uncertain times we are in have affected everyone in different ways, but healthcare workers have been the constant group answering the call the rest of us hope we don't have to make.

My work is not meant to change the world, it's meant to remind us of the better days ahead when the rough waters calm and we all have a moment to just breathe."

About the artist

Artist Curt Baldwin

Curt Baldwin was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. During the summer his family would move to their lake cottage, which had been in his family for over 100 years. While he has lived many places since then, the one constant in his life has been this small lake surrounded by childhood friends and family his favorite place in the world.

Originally a graphic designer, he started painting upon moving to Houston in 2014. At first it was only to occupy the time and decorate their home, but when the wall space ran out, Baldwin began to sell his pieces. Since then, he became a full-time artist and sells his work at various fairs throughout the country and online.

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