Nate Sumner has had several careers. Painting is his last, his best, his most surprising. About twenty years ago he began sketching and drawing – a new activity for him. Then gradually he moved into painting. For a decade he worked in oils. Three or four years ago he took a class in painting with acrylics. This immediately became his primary medium.
He hikes most days, taking photos of any intriguing vista. Much of his art is derived from these photos. He visits major galleries. They allow photographs, and he records hundreds of great works. This is a treasure trove of inspiration and technical information. He uses these images to spark his painter’s eye. He travels and takes photos. Many are images that later demand the painter’s attention. Sumner works in studio, from a photograph or from a sketch.