the art and times of a plein air painter



The art and related matters, RGS

Richmond, Virginia

RVA Bound Train, my award winning piece from the Plein Air Richmond event. Part of Richmond's vast and historic railroad system, first put in place in the 1830's, long before the civil war. This features the intersection of CSX railroads and Norfolk Southern Railroad. This was part of my work in and around the "Great Ship Locks" park, and the former Trigg Shipyards.

5th Annual P.A.C.E.

PleinAir magazine proudly presents the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), Tucson, Arizona, April 15-19, 2016. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind experience featuring a faculty of some of the world’s top plein air artists, as renowned figurative artists. The convention and expo includes classes, demonstrations, social activities, exhibitors, and on-site painting at the resort and surrounding areas.

Best of Show

Through adversity we paint, and in it sometimes comes our best comes forward. This is a plein air painting from the “Chase County Plein Air Festival” which took home “Best of Show”. Asked to “move on” by a rancher, the cows moved on, and in came a skunk. But as plein air artists we do our best and go on from there. It is always a challenge no matter the subject, and this I enjoy. I hope you do to. Thanks, Greg

The End of the Trail

Long time supporters of the arts, Johnny and Jeanie Morris of Bass Pro Shops, & Big Cedar Lodge have built a new 18,000 sq foot “Cedar Creek Spa” filled exclusively with plein air art created by artists Jason Sacran, John Lasater IV, and myself, R. Gregory Summers. We have been spending weeks at a time on site painting the properties of Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock, and Dogwood Canyon. © 2015 Big Cedar Lodge - America´s Premier Wilderness Resort 612 Devil's Pool Road, Ridgedale, Missouri 65739


It's why I'm here...and you? Come in and take a look, 90% plein air works, the rest... you guessed it, studio pieces. Many still available, inquire within.

Always something

The life of an artist is a bit different than many, the life of a plein air artist is stranger still. A little looser, and you can't let things get to you.

the MVIS

The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.Summers painting on location at Indian Cave State Park, with fellow MVIS founders Jeff Sparks and Rachel Mindrup. (not shown, Brent Seevers) Here some of the ideas on creating a group for representational artists, to help grow, and build impressionistic art in the upper Midwest were formed. (Loosely, mostly we painted )

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“I am inspired by creation. I am driven by the experience. 

“I paint the land that I claim to be a part of. It is not to replicate the scene before me, more to bring back a piece of what took me there in the first place.”

R. Gregory Summers



My Passion and Inspiration




Catch me doing something right

Gone  now, Rick still guides me along this path I’ve taken. He saw in me hope, and gave me the courage.


 My intent is to keep his dreams alive, somehow, someway.


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