R. Gregory Summers

A professional artist since 1979, it is the new century that has taken me to my true passion of painting outdoors on location.

2020 took me back to the studio. In 2021 we look to find the perfect blend of studio and plein air work.

I live in the Midwestern region of the United States. Now taking on commissioned work, and teaching workshops.



Enjoying our Planet since 1957

I am about painting, about people, and helping others. I am an artist of the land; I am a plein air artist.

Born in the Flint Hills of Kansas with 4 sisters and 1 brother, my father was a cowboy turned truck driver, and we were lucky enough to have a stay-at-home Mom.

Former Vice President of the Greater Kansas City Artists Association, co-founder of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, and Brush Creek Art Walk: painting competition in Kansas City, Missouri, elected member of the Salmagundi Art ClubSignature member, American Impressionist Society and Outdoor Painter Society.

Served in the USAF at the end of the Vietnam War, I went straight to study art at Johnson County Community College on the GI Bill. Here I met Prof Jean Howard, and learned painting.

My professional career as an artist began in 1979 at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri, where I learned the art of sculpting in metal and continued as a Master Engraver for the next 30 years.

The end of the 70’s and early 80’s I began competing in National and International painting competitions and winning. I did not continue with my painting, I let a sure career, and a growing family take front seat to my experiment with putting paint to canvas.

The 21st century brought many changes in his life. The biggest was the realization that drugs & alcohol were not the cure-all that I thought it was, and that the only way forward was to put it behind. With this knowledge, a new marriage to Susie, my loving and supportive wife I was able to focus on what I loved and did best, PAINT!

In 2010 I stepped outdoors for the first time and found that you can combine painting with the great wide open, through a Continuing Education course at the Kansas City Art Institute, taught by Anne Garney.  At this realization I went full force ahead without looking back,

Late 2011 I met who was to be my Mentor till his untimely death. Rick Howell was not only one of the most talented artists I had ever met, but above that he loved people and saw belief and hopes in each and everyone.

I believe that one can help themselves best by helping others. I don’t try to inspire, or be any sort of model. I am an imperfect soul, and look to be spending my life here learning as I can. I have a lot of experience I can share; if that inspires another in some manner I am honored.

My help in forming the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society with Jeff Sparks, Brent Seevers, and Rachel Mindrup was for this purpose. To help other artists and art lovers find a place they could live, learn, and share art in this wonderful region I live in.

  • Former Vice President of the Greater Kansas City Artists Association
  • Co-founder of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society
  • Co-founder Brush Creek Art Walk: painting competition in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Elected member of the Salmagundi Art Club
  • Signature member American Impressionist Society
  • Signature member Outdoor Painter Society.

Select Exhibits – Shows – Events

  • Most Original, “To Run with the Puma” Oil Painters of America Western Regional, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Most Unique, “To Run with the Puma” NOAPS International Fall Exhibition
  • Juror of Awards, Bluff Strokes, Dubuque IA
  • Shadows on the Teche plein air competition, New Iberia LA
  • Paint Grand Traverse, MI
  • Augusta Plein Air Festival, MO
  • Parkville Plein Air, MO
  • Cadequez Plein Air, Spain
  • American Impressionist Society, Smallworks Showcase, Petosky, MI
  • American Impressionist Society, 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, NY

Select Awards

  • Best of Show, Shadows on the Teche, LA Morgan Samuel Price-juror
  • 2nd place, Shadows on the Teche, Quick Paint, LA
  • 2nd place, Parkville Plein Air, MO
  • Honorable Mention, August Plein Air Festival, MO


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