George and Donnalei Sumner

George Sumner is known for promoting environmental causes worldwide. He is an environmental impressionist painter whose unique style, attitude and talent have brought him international acclaim and the opportunity to share his vision with millions of people.

His tireless efforts to “Save the Whales” for over the last forty years through his vivid imagery has influenced a generation of Marine artists and environmentalists.

Sumner was born (1940) and raised in San Francisco. He joined the Navy after high school and enjoyed his three-year tour of duty in Southeast Asia (1959-61). After military service he attended C.C.S.F., earning an A.A. in Ornamental Horticulture. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1963-1966. In 1967-1974 he worked as a gardener in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. In 1970 he won a City-wide competition to create the official logo for the Golden Gate Park’s 100th anniversary. In 1974 he began his full-time professional art career.

Donnalei grew up in Hawaii, working in Marketing, Public Relations, Environmental Education, and voice work, for over 30 years. The Sumners reside in Marin County, CA. Their daughter, Megan Lei, works in the family business. Son Sean earned his PhD in Marine Biology and is now a professor, teaching Marine Conservation at Cal State University, Channel Islands.

The Art and Philosophy of George Sumner

A Tribute to George Sumner


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We need your help. Buy direct from the artist. Please join George and Donnalei Sumner on their current environmental project called ‘Kindred Spirits’. Help them raise funds to help protect our rapidly vanishing herds of elephants from extinction, due to the spiraling, out of control and illegal ivory poachers trade.

View the poster here.  Read more information here. Purchase a giclee print by emailing Donnalei.

             Kindred Spirits, 9' x 12′, oil on canvas