Her journey to becoming a working artist began slowly. She recalls that when she was raising her children, she had a poster at home on which the entire alphabet was made from photographs of colorful butterfly wing patterns. At work, she started noticing the letters of the alphabet in some of the diagnostic images that she read. She thought it might be fun to collect all of the letters of the alphabet found on imaging studies and started to collect them.
After the meeting, friends and colleagues saw this first piece, they asked her to spell names of friends, colleagues and family members to give as gifts. She began to receive more requests, and decided to form an LLC called Xray Artistry. She attended Wharton School of Business’s Small Business Development City where she learned the basics of running a business. Soon after, she hired a web designer, a marketing specialist and a graphic designer to build a web site to feature her projects.
She has been building a library of letters for different medical specialties. For orthopedics, for example, she has an entire alphabet created from images of bones, muscles and joint, while she uses images of the heart and blood vessels for her cardiovascular alphabet. With this personalized collection for each specialty, she is expanding to medical office art and interior design, often creating custom designs for medical centers and private offices.
To see more of Dr. Summerton’s work, you can visit her website http://xrayartistry.com/