Hearts in San Francisco

2019 Collection Series

Proceeds from the sales of Heart Sculptures support the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation by funding programs and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. A heartfelt thank you to our 2019 Heart Sculpture Artists for lending their time, talents, and creativity to create one-of-a-kind Hearts.

Heart Sculptures were auctioned from February 4-14.
For more information, visit the SFGHF eBay page.


Stay tuned for how you can own a piece of San Francisco art with the
2020 Hearts in SF debut in December 2019.

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“Viva la Friducha”

CLAUDIA BLANCO ― Born in Nezahualcoyotl, a municipality adjacent to Mexico City, Claudia immigrated to the United States in 1997—at the age of 8—with her family in search of a better future. She has called the Bay Area home ever since. Claudia’s fascination with art and design has always been present throughout her life, but she never pursued it professionally. Being a self-taught artist, Claudia draws inspiration from artists like Chuck Close, who uses the grid style seen in her acrylic portraits – creating the portrait square by square. In an effort to reconnect with her Mexican roots, Claudia’s Heart was inspired by her desire to pay homage to one of the most renowned Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo, with her Heart titled “Viva la Friducha!” Half a century after Kahlo’s death, her life and work continues to inspire countless of people, and artists alike. To learn more, visit: https://www.klawd.co/


“Welcome Home”

LORI CHINN ― A former Heart artist, Lori Chinn was the youngest person to ever design a sculpture in the 2012 “Hearts in San Francisco” series. Born and raised in San Francisco, Lori credits our public art project as the inspiration behind her pursuing art as a career. At 15 years old while a student at Lowell High School, Lori spent every free hour painting her Heart. She enjoyed the excitement and thrill of making art for others rather than herself. It gave her art a purpose and enabled her to see how she could help others while doing what she loved. Now 22 years old, Lori has just graduated with a BFA in graphic design from California College of the Arts and is currently a graphic designer and illustrator at HTC Vive. She hopes to use her art and story to help inspire other young artists. Her Heart, titled “Welcome Home,” was inspired by her desire to capture the bright life and energy of San Francisco shining through the fog as a warm welcome home to all. To learn more, visit: https://www.lorichinn.com



SWANN FRESLON ― Born in France, raised in multiple countries of Africa, and having lived in England and Montreal before moving to California, art has always been part of Swann’s life as she scoured museums all over the world. When she was a student in France she began to paint for herself, using big advertising cardboards found on the sidewalks. Swann is an adept of mixed media, and an abstract painter. She is influenced by the colors and energy of life; nature, her family, travels and the humans she has met, the countries she has lived in and visited. Swann is inspired by depicting emotions in her art that the viewer can feel in their soul, as an exercise of letting go. Her paintings are condensed version of colors, energy and emotions, and her Heart, titled “Batik,” is an explosion of the emotions and raw feelings she experienced the first time she came to San Francisco. With the Heart sculpture as an emblematic icon of the city, Swann wanted to transfer these emotions into it. To learn more, visit: https://www.swannpaints.com/


“Here Comes the Sun”

ADELE GILANI ― Adele Gilani is a California painter who was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. She trained at the University of Kentucky from 2001-2006. While she began printing stone lithographs and creating large scale abstracts, she now paints landscapes. Adele moved to San Francisco in 2009 and then to Oakland in 2015. Her work is best known for compositional rhythms, and bold color applied with energetic gestural brushstrokes. Adele’s heart, titled “Here Comes the Sun,” was inspired by the view from her backyard in the Oakland Hills. “It’s about coming back to nature after a digital haze” Adele says. Her favorite thing about painting landscapes is how her perspective shifts for many hours after a painting session. The trees have more depth and distinction on her drive home from the studio, all of nature is wiggling around more, and the clouds look disorganized or maybe they’re missing altogether. It has been an exciting piece to work on during her third trimester of her first pregnancy, and one she hopes will inspire many. To learn more, visit: https://www.ratherlovelything.com/


“The Streets of San Francisco”

CLINT IMBODEN ― Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Clint is an assemblage artist whose sculptures and immersive installations address contemporary social and political topics in unprecedented ways. His work recycles discarded and neglected items sourced from local flea markets and estate sales, making use of odds and ends from chest x-rays and prison mugshots, to bicycle rims, paintbrushes, and hammers. Imboden’s art challenges viewers to consider each individual item and the associative qualities it brings to the whole in order to decipher the significance of a piece. His work can be found in public collections internationally, including the San Antonio Museum of Art (TX), Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (Colombia), the Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), the di Rosa Preserve (CA), and the Alameda County Public Art Collection (CA). Imboden has been commissioned by San Francisco’s Curran, Hyatt Place Hotel, and Sherwood Designs. His Heart, titled “The Streets of San Francisco,” began with a list of nearly 2,100 San Francisco street names. The Heart sculpture features a selection of these streets carefully stenciled in three different font sizes (eight, four, and two inches) on to the heart. The largest letters are painted in red, identifying iconic and well-known streets; as the letters decrease in size so does the global significance of the street. Blue four-inch letters form the second layer of street names, culminating with the final layer of yellow two-inch letters. The three colors herald from the San Francisco city flag first introduced in the early 1900s. There are 28 eight-inch street names, 85 four-inch street names and 367 two-inch street names for a total of 480 streets depicted on the heart. “The Streets of San Francisco” celebrates the local treasures, layering “lesser known” street names on top of famous ones, emulating the beautiful chaos of the city and celebrating San Francisco’s international reputation as a haven of diversity and inclusion. Minor evidence of the artist’s hand was added or left uncorrected for a subtle urban feel to the work. To learn more, visit: http://clintimboden.com/


“Silenced Voices of Everyday Sheroes”

SAMANTA TELLO ― Samanta Tello was born in Barcelona in 1972 and raised in Madrid, Spain where she studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. Nearly 18 years ago, she moved to the Golden State and settled in San Francisco. Inspired by the magnificence and splendor of the trees in the area, she started using wood as her primary material, drawing and painting trees on the wood as well as integrating pyrography and wood stains into her work. With the birth of her now seven- and ten-year-old daughters, and the current political climate, her artistic focus and inspiration evolved, bringing attention to women and girls’ issues – how women have been silenced by patriarchal societies in most cultures, if not all. Her work is a message of empowerment – graphically demonstrating how once-silenced voices and unheard ideas, when brought together, can promote strength and freedom from assumedly fixed female roles. In her design titled “Silenced Voices of Everyday Sheroes,” she represents women interconnected as if they were part of a puzzle, with each piece, each woman, each culture, a proud part of a whole that would be incomplete if even one were left behind.  As an immigrant and female artist, she wanted to represent and celebrate the cultural diversity of San Francisco and the sisterhood that is so necessary between women of all races and origins nowadays. Tello’s work has been selected for exhibitions at the 2018 United State of Women Summit, the 2018 GEO National Conference, Dennis Rae Gallery, City Art Gallery, Arc Gallery, Avenue 12 Gallery, and other San Francisco, Vermont, and New York galleries. Her work has been featured by Basma Magazine Germany, Bay Area Art Today, For Creative Girls, and other publications and was the winner of 2018 So To Speak, the Feminist Journal of Language and Art’s visual contest. To learn more, visit: http://www.samantatello.com/


“Lombard Street: Left My Heart in San Francisco”

NICOLE TERZIC ― Nicole Terzic specializes in oil paintings on canvas or wood, but has experimented with sculpture, textiles, and bookmaking to understand how the medium can communicate a message. Her work focuses on the figure with the purpose of capturing the personality, story, and circumstance of the person or subject. Terzic’s process involves first drawing an emotional connection to the subject, and through the process of painting, becoming more intimately involved with that subject—which is where she got the inspiration for her Heart, titled “Lombard Street: Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Her interest in the visual arts began almost immediately as a child, first with drawing, then expanding to painting in her teens. Her first painting was commissioned at 16, and her first exhibit was the following year. Collectors of her paintings include San Diego State University, and her artwork has been displayed at 111 Minna, The Red Victorian, and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. To learn more, visit: http://www.nicoleterzic.com/


“Heart Horizon”

DANIEL TOUSIGNANT ― Raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, Daniel Tousignant started painting at the age of five. The unique spirit and energy of every scene he paints captures the subtleties of color and light. Daniel’s work never fails to bring delight and wonder to its viewers. Daniel attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Chicago Art Institute, Central School of Art in London, and the Royal Academy in London, England. Tousignant has exhibited in galleries throughout the US and recently in Barcelona, Spain. The artist received the 2008 Spectrum Honoree Award by the Access Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports affordable mental health services. Recent San Francisco public exhibitions of his work include: Bank of America, Transamerica Building, Parkmerced. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Marin Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Papercity Magazine. To learn more, visit: https://www.gtfineart.com/daniel-tousignant


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“To San Francisco with Love”

MELISSA CHANDON ― Born as a child of the 50’s, road trips were Melissa Chandon’s family passion. Her parents saw the American landscape as a means of educating their 5 children – exposing them to the humanity of highways, small towns, truck stops, and KOA Kampgrounds all across the US. To this day, Melissa finds roadside culture fascinating—motels, amusements, neon signs—and she feels it is important to document this era of U.S. history before it disappears. With animated, Pop-inspired colors and pared-down compositions, Melissa Chandon’s paintings push everyday scenes toward the brink of imaginative, dynamic abstraction. In her vibrant, graphic world infused with California light, landscape breaks down into basic elements—what she calls “core essence”—while shadows and reflections take on a life of their own. Chandon has exhibited her work at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento; the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; and Art Santa Fe, among many others. In addition to corporate and notable private collections, her art is included in the Morris Graves Museum, Morgan Flagg Collection at the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the University of California, Davis’ Shields Library and Davis Medical Center. To learn more, visit: http://melissachandon.com/



CHRISTOPHER COOK ― Chris Cook is a multi-talented artist and musician who works in a variety of mediums, including textile screen-printing, decoupage, mural painting, and electronic based installations.  He has been heavily involved in the San Francisco art scene since 2012, and his works can be seen at many art shows and galleries throughout the city, including Art Attack SF, ArtNexus, and Artspan Art in Neighborhood exhibitions. Chris works regularly with several non-profit organizations such as The Central City SRO Collaboration (CCSRO) and CounterPulse. He strives to push the limits of his own abilities by exploring different techniques and conducting numerous “art experiments.” For his Heart, Chris wanted to create something playful and fun—and was accessible to all ages. His scrabble play and comic book collages began as an experiment with friends when he first moved to San Francisco five years ago and was having to live on the couches of art friends while he got started. He would buy the comics, three for $1 from the local toy store, and create the mannequin pieces to sell at art shows. People quickly fell in love with the creations, as it was a way to give new life to old forgotten comics, displaying beautiful images in an all new way.  For more information on Chris: www.sugabus.com


“Maze Monument to Human Rights”

DANIEL CROWE ― Originally from New York, Daniel Crowe is a landscape and observational painter. He often paints en plein air (outside) in California and the West. Recently these paintings have become fodder for a series of maze paintings which work toward a larger conversation on humanity’s role in climate change. He has exhibited landscapes, portraits, and mazes in several Oakland venues. Daniel drew his inspiration for his heart titled “Maze Monument to Human Rights” from his idea to make a monument to our time and our values. One which recognizes the importance of immigration as well as the key elements they contribute to our society. Our cultures flourish with their participation and our dreams grow with the subsequent exchange of ideas and values. Daniel believes that to talk about immigrants monolithically is of course incorrect. That is why he chose to create a Rosetta Stone for 2018, a codex of the six most common languages spoken in the homes of San Francisco. This monument decrees six times the first article of the International Declaration of Human rights: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity in rights. The text is also a maze which anyone can solve, following the light grey path from start to end. As the path crosses between each language, it shows the interconnectedness, interdependence, and reliance that exists between these communities. These values are timeless, but a monument is a message to the future from a very specific time and place. In order to balance these contrasting time frames, he chose to render the mazes in pixelated blocks which references an early digital aesthetic. Today, this style reads as from the recent past, already creating a sense of history. Tomorrow, this monument will represent our digital age. To learn more, visit: http://www.danielehcrowe.com/

“California Poppies”

DORA ALDWORTH GRINNELL ― While Dora Aldworth Grinnell creates many different types of media, her work all stems from the common theme of souvenirs. Each piece is a memory of a moment in time, a phrase overhead, a person, or even a pet. Some are real and some are imaginary. Even the materials she works with are souvenirs themselves—old maps, vintage postcards, bottle caps, state plates and garage sale findings. She will even pull from her own collections when she spots the perfect piece or supplement her findings with pieces she makes in her kiln. As the daughter of an artist, she was immersed in the arts from a very young age. She is an avid runner and collector, as well as a breast cancer survivor! Dora lives in Northern California with her husband, rescue dog, and the pink plastic flamingos that keep showing up on her lawn. The inspiration for Dora’s Heart, titled “California Poppies,” comes from the official California state flower—the poppy. Stylized in both shape and color, all the tiles for her heart were handmade, glazed, and fired in her kiln. The smaller yellow primrose flowers were chosen to both compliment the poppies and to honor her mother, as they shared a similar given name. To learn more, visit: https://www.doragrinnell.com/



KINDAH KHALIDY ― Kindah Khalidy is a California based painter and textile designer, with fine art paintings both collected and exhibited worldwide. She earned a BFA in painting, drawing and textiles from California College of the Arts, and is the author of “A Playful Plan for Learning to Paint.” In addition to her namesake line “Kindah Khalidy,” she has collaborated with major apparel brands and companies including Vans, Facebook, Crate and Kids, Gorman, and Nordstrom. Kindah has also partnered with the United Nations and Unicef on other projects. Her Heart, titled “Celebration,” utilizes her signature array of bright colors. To learn more, visit: https://www.kindahkhalidy.com/


“Life Saving Heart”

LESLIE MORGAN ― Born and raised in the middle of a Texas desert, the nearest ocean to Leslie Morgan was 600 miles away. As a kid, she dreamed of tropical islands, pirate boats and sea creatures. The public pool served as her primary mode of escape and a therapy for childhood asthma. Diving into the water then was the birth of a lifetime obsession and joy with aquatic experiences. She spent her early professional years in Key West working as a Psychologist in hospitals, jails, nursing homes and clinics. Her free time was spent anchored behind different islands on the boat she called home. Simultaneously, Leslie continued her love for photography and dove into her current profession as an artist leaving the field of Psychology and moving to San Francisco. She got her inspiration for her Heart, titled “Life Saving Heart,” from her memories of the waters in the Keys and Northern California which serve as undercurrents to the concepts in her work. “Since most of my art has to do with water, I thought the old fashion Lifeguard rings would be fun to paint as well as a miniature swimming pool to float them in.  Since it’s a heart for a hospital the idea of a lifesaving heart sounded appropriate,” she says. Leslie constantly explores ideas tied to nostalgia, female icons, boat captaining as well as to the environment, preservation of our oceans, consumerism and repurposing materials. To learn more, visit: http://www.lesliemorganart.com/

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Mini Hearts


“Meet in the Presidio”


“California Poppy”


“Love the City … Love the Project”


“One RED Heart Just Ain’t Enough”


“Fur Babies & The City”




“Ring Through!”


“The Joy of Place”


“The Beauty of Words”


“I ♥ California”


“Leaves 38 – Love Grows”



“San Francisco Blue”


“Under the Ivy, Entrance to a Secret Garden”




“Harvest Hope for a Better Tomorrow”


“Tree of Life Heart”


“Mountain and Waves”

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Heart Sculptures from 2019 were auctioned during the month of February.
For more information, visit the SFGHF eBay page.

Proceeds from the sales of Heart Sculptures support the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation by funding programs and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. A heartfelt thank you to our 2019 Heart Sculpture Artists for lending their time, talents, and creativity to create one-of-a-kind Hearts.