Shot Through with Sadness, Watercolor

Artist: James Johnson Shot Through with Sadness, Watercolor Everyone in medical school at one point has a crisis of doubt. We wonder if we made the wrong choice of specialty, chose the right school, or made the right ethical choice in a no-win situation. The pain can be acute, piercing, and heavy. From this featured creature, tears and self-doubt pour from in every direction as... Read More


Artist: James Johnson  Grit (Watercolor, 2013) This piece features a silhouetted figure in the center, a worker marching toward dark and ominous buildings, beleaguered but resolute.  His gaze lights the way in front of him, with uncertainty all around.  This is how we feel sometimes in our clinical years, when the hidden curriculum rears its head and tears at us.  We must walk... Read More

Tree of Knowledge, Indian Banyan

Artist: Jennifer Schwenk  Tree of Knowledge, Indian Banyan (Acrylic on Canvas, 2009) The banyan tree (India) is beautiful and unique in the way that it has so many different roots and trunks intermingling. The strength and beauty that is gained by adding new roots is reminiscent of the way that we grow as medical practitioners over time. Adding new layers of knowledge and gaining... Read More

Velocity of Movement

Artists and Authors: Kiran Sethi and Vince Venincasa Kiran Sethi and Vincent Venincasa (2012, acrylic on canvas) We hoped to capture the atmosphere of the medical profession, highlighting the fast-paced, high volume information system that we use to treat patients. While each individual stroke may seem trivial, when combined they form the full picture – that of a complex, but... Read More


Artist and Author: Tyler Beals   Migraine, Tyler Beals One day in elementary school, I matter-of-factly told my teacher that I couldn’t see her head.  On other occasions I reported that my hand, when held in front of my face, appeared to be on the other side of the room.   I later learned that these depth-perception distortions are called “Alice in Wonderland syndrome”... Read More


Artist and Author: Vince Venincasa Murmur, Vincent Venincasa (2012, acrylic on canvas) A modern take on a classic condition, this painting attempts to capture the velocity and disorder that is associated with turbulent blood. Each murmur is in fact a unique event, with blood flowing with slightly different speeds to different areas with each heart beat. Even though we may recognize... Read More

La Vita Beata

Artist and Author: Vince Venincasa La Vita Beata, Vincent Venincasa (2011, acrylic on canvas) I could not think of a better way to begin the examination of the beauty of life then my depiction of life through paint. The 7 stripes of color represent 7 stages of life: yellow (birth), green (growth), red (falling in love), blue (maturity, family life), purple (old age, respect), black... Read More

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