Laura Fleming Summa moved to Pennsylvania from Delaware at the age of twelve, and now lives in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Her love of illustration inspired her to enroll in the Commercial Arts program at the Career Technology Center, during high school, to hone her skills. She then went on to pursue an Associate’s Degree at Kutztown University, and studied under several renowned artists in a variety of mediums.
Laura's career began in Commercial art and advertising and transitioned to illustrating small press publications. On Christmas Day in 1984, her birthday, she married her husband, Alan Jude Summa, who is also an artist. Together, they have two wonderful children, Joshua Jude Summa, a published writer, and Bethany Summa Shaffer, an artist, who lives nearby with her husband, Brian.
Laura's talent has encompassed a variety of mediums including stained glass, felting, watercolors, sculpting, ceramics, and photography. Her passion to create and love of children had kindled an interest in illustrating Children’s Books. Her first venture into illustrating the genre of Children’s books is a delightful tale entitled Margareet. Written by the enormously talented author, Patricia Jennings. Laura feels honored to be part of this work. She has thoroughly enjoyed drawing every page of Margareet, and is now working with her husband on illustrating her second children's book, with more planned.
Laura currently works as the Creative Director at Leadbelly Productions, a creative think tank that, over a 30-year span, has produced a variety of products geared toward children. With her husband, Alan and long-time friend, Glenn Boyd, the trio have produced a comic book series, Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains. In addition, they have worked with several agents to market products, such as video games, animation, toys, apparel, model kits, watches, trading cards, costumes, and more. After the success of the Interplanetary Lizards, the team expanded their creations to include toy designs, plush, candy concepts, and games, as well as animation for children. Laura is currently working on an animated children’s concept that was created by her son, Joshua called F.R.I.D.G.E. (Food Residents In Deliciously Good Entertainment), and is being represented by Marketing Immersion. She has worked as an Art instructor at ArtWorks art gallery, and served on the local Advisory Committee for the Arts. She continues to teach art on a part-time basis.
Laura enjoys many hobbies, especially cooking, baking, sewing, felting, crocheting, and home improvement projects. Her most recent discovery is a passion for working with clay, creating many hand built pieces. When she is not drawing or painting, she can be found at the Moscow ClayWorks working alongside the “clay ladies.” Laura lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse with her husband and son. She also has two shelties, Ian McDanger and Zoey MacDoughy, two cats, Buster McTrouble and Trouble Baker, and a bearded dragon named Doc.