Alton Szeto has been working as an illustrator since 2004.  His career began as an artist creating environment designs and concepts for the film and commercial industry.  In 2006, he discovered his passion for teaching and joined the faculty at Cogswell Polytechnical College where he introduced innovative and improved courses for the Entertainment Design curriculum.  Alton and his wife, Janet Tsui-Szeto MD, moved to Iowa City, Iowa in 2008 so that Janet could pursue post-graduate training at one of the world’s best residency programs in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.  About the same time, he decided to obtain his Masters Degree in Fine Art (MFA) in Illustration at the University of Hartford, a prestigious art program that only accepts 20 residents each year.  Through the program, Alton grew and honed his craft under the mentorship of highly-successful illustrators such as Murray Tinkelman, Dennis Nolan and Vincent Di Fate.

Given his wife’s occupation, Alton became interested in applying his artistic abilities to the medical sciences.  Since 2008, he has been freelancing as a medical illustrator for several faculty members at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology, which has allowed him to collaborate with truly remarkable physicians and respected educators in their field including Thomas A. Oetting MD, James C. Folk, MD, and Vinit Mahajan MD, PhD.

Alton’s medical artwork has been used to illustrate surgical procedures, disease processes, and technological advances in pharmaceuticals.

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