A native Kansan, Gil Rumsey grew up near Topeka and later received a B.A. in art with an emphasis in Commercial Illustration from Kansas State University. Although he went to K-State to become a math teacher and coach, he changed direction into art and has never looked back. In 1973, he got into the picture framing business which has given him a natural gallery setting for his art for nearly 40 years.
In 2006, a devastating fire destroyed his 11,000 square foot gallery including more than 500 original paintings. He opened a new location within six weeks. Now Gil, paints acrylics, designs commercial stained glass, concrete sculptures and occasionally woodblock printing. He continues to do 40 to 50 paintings a year.
Gil’s work is widely exhibited including one-man shows at Kansas State University, Friends University, and numerous locations. However, he may be most proud of the considerable use of his art to charity fundraising opportunities to compose and sell holiday greeting cards.
Gil’s art is collected throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.”Why do I continue? Simple, it’s what I do, and I am grateful to have the talent, and my motto is never quit.”