truncus arteriosus


1. Normal heart

2. Truncus arteriosus - division between the pulmonary trunk and the aorta did not form

3. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome - left ventricle underdeveloped, not functional, mitral valve atresia, narrowing of the aorta

4. d-Transposition of the great arteries - the two vessels leading out of the heart are switched, creating two separate ‘circuits’ so that most of the blood cannot reach the lungs

I have one more to finish up, tetralogy of Fallot. One more day should do it. Otherwise, I still have a couple of things to fix in these (textures, valve insertion stuff, etc.). I’m toying with the idea of doing a second series – basically these, but just line, maybe thumbnail images to show the circulation in each case. It was really important to me not to color the vessels (blue/red/purple) for the sake of naturalism, but the circulation is important to understanding the diseases.

I wish I had all the time in the world to do more and to make them look less similar, but I graduated in December, and life happened.

PLEASE comment or message me if you spot any inaccuracies or stuff I should emphasize more. Any feedback at all is welcome and appreciated.


This is my undergraduate thesis project on congenital heart defects. It’s in the art gallery at Arcadia through commencement on May 15th. All of the images were painted in Corel Painter with some elements in Photoshop.

The first image is a morphologically normal heart. The others show four complex congenital conditions: Tetralogy of Fallot, Persistent Truncus Arteriosus, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries.

I’m so excited to be studying Medical and Biological Illustration at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in August.


Heading home from Jay’s cardiologist in Montgomery. He looks good today. Goes back in three weeks. I have to reschedule his appointment with his pediatrician for his two months/first set of vaccines because he has to be six weeks post-op before he can have any vaccinations. The doctor said it has something to do with him being on the bypass machine during surgery and it causing his body not to take to the vaccines. But all is well, otherwise. :)