I am a painter.
Helena Wurzel is an award winning Painter in Cambridge, MA; she is also an educator, wife, and mother.
In 2007 Helena received an MFA from Boston University. After this, she set off on a path of adjunct teaching. This led to seven long years of working multiple jobs, driving long distances, and scraping by. Despite this, she persevered, learned a lot, and continued to paint.
In addition to teaching, Helena has also had some successes outside of the traditional gallery sphere. In 2011 she started working with the online start-up www.20x200.com, which sells high quality archival prints of her work. It was through this venue that a design director at Kate Spade saw her painting “My Butt” and asked Helena to paint an ad campaign for the promotion of their new Saturday line. Helena worked with the company from their launch in 2012 until they closed in 2015. Jonathan Adler, the design guru, saw her work in a Saturday store and she displayed her paintings in his retail stores in Los Angeles, Miami, and online from 2015-2018. She has also won Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants in 2010 and 2016.
In 2014 Helena left adjunct work for secondary education. She now teaches high school drawing and painting at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School in Cambridge. She loves walking to work, painting in her studio all summer, and hanging out with her husband Dan, son Max, and daughter Maya.
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