Phyllis Cummings began studying oil painting in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1946; followed by Doon Art School in 1949 (plein air). Upon coming to Rochester in 1951, Cummings continued painting. Presently, she uses pastels, finding them much easier. She has sold numerous paintings and won a few ribbons. Cummings enjoys being an artist and has been an IAC member since 1969.