Visual GP started when my artist patient gave me an art book to keep all the drawings I did in the practice. It has grown from there.

Sam is a practising

general practitioner, senior lecturer and artist. She is currently President of the RNZCGP

Sam only paints

in watercolour because it is so tricky to master she cannot spend time on other painting styles. She attends an art class every week - it keeps her sane.

Visual GP combines

art and medicine. The videos created are based on conversations that occur with patients and are to simplify and clarify medical concepts. They are not for diagnosis.

Sam and her

husband are the directors of Visual GP and have three adult children.

Sam is doing

research into health professionals who draw for their patients. This is an area that has not been explored in the literature.

Sam’s book on

minor surgery is based on 14 years of work in the Hutt Valley Plastic Surgery Unit. It is written with the learner in mind but goes on to explain expert skills as well.

My book
The art of surgery in vibrant watercolour

Minor Surgery: a visual guide for office-based surgery from beginner to expert by
Dr Samantha Murton is a practical and visual delight.

  • Self-published and self-illustrated, it combines two of Dr Murton’s seemingly disparate skills.
  • 14 years of minor surgery at the Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial and Burns Unit
  • 15 years of minor surgery in general practice
  • 10 years of watercolour classes.
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You can buy my paintings and my book from here. Payment options, you can either use credit card or bank transfer.

Sailing Sicily
Yay It Is Friday
Water Lillies
Photo Gallery

I have painted since I was young. My mother is an artist and would take me to her art classes. This inspired me to draw and while going through medical school I would continue to draw things around me regularly. Checkout some of my paintings

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Video Gallery

VisualGP is a combination of my art and medicine. For many years I have drawn for my patients as i find it an easy way to explain complex things. Over the years I have repeated many of these ‘conversations’ with drawing so have videoed the common ones for people to refer to.

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Art within the art of medicine

I am currently researching art in medicine. In particular health professionals who draw for their patients. If you are interested in being involved, know someone who draws for their patients, or have questions or anecdotes please get in touch. I will update this regularly with interesting things I find on the journey

'Art within the art of medicine; exploring the use and...