Born: 25 December 1904 in Pond Creek, Oklahoma Died: February 9, 1998, Austin, Texas. (Came to Texas in 1928, left for Taos, NM in 1959, moved to Austin, TX in 1965.)
Medium: Oil painting in still lifes, landscapes, portraits, female nudes, westerns, animals. Also in his youth a painter of church domes.
Education: St. John's Military Academy in Salina, KS, Cosmopolitan education, self-taught.
Exhibited: Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, TX; Woolaroc Musuem, Bartlesville, OK; Allen Art Galleries, HoustonTX; Taos Art Gallery, Taos, NM, American Fine Arts Galleries, Irving, TX; The Country Store, Austin, Tx; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX: Sherwoods Gallery, Houston, TX. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Art Exhibition, 2 first place Blue ribbons (Prizes) c. 1979 & 1980.
Known listings: "American Artists: Signatures and Monograms 1800-1989", by John Castagno, Scarecrow Press Inc., Lanham, Md., & London, 1990; "American Artists", an illustrated survey of leading contemporary Americans, The Krantz Co. Publishers Inc., 1985; "Artists of Texas", Mountain Productions of Texas Inc, Alto NM, 1986; "Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy & Harold Samuels, Bonanza Books, Distributed by Crown Publishers, New York, 1985; "Southwest Art" (periodical), by Nancy Glass West, 1977; "Southwest Art" (periodical), by Byron B. Jones, November 1984; "The Southwest Art Review", Krantz Company, Chicago, 1983. "Dictionary of Texas Artists; 1800-1945", Texas A&M University Press, 1999. "Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists, A Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Texas before 1942", Woodmont Books, 2000.
Professions: Art related - Stage curtain painter, Mural painter, Sign painter, and Commercial artist, Painted domes of churches, Painted signs on water towers and smoke stacks. Other occupations - Sparring partner, boxer, trick gun shooting, dishwasher, ditch digger, ranch hand, mule skinner, flour sacker, boilermaker, harvest & threshing hand, road brick layer, truck driver, gardener, glazer, roofer, cornhusker, steeplejack, lumberjack, miner, pool hustler, music writer, stripe painter in a Ford assembly plant, outhouse builder and hobo.
Influenced by: Robert Wood, V.A. Richardson, Jan-Boleslas Czedekowsky, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic E. Church, Russell Flint, Alfred Munnings, and Gutzon Borglum.
- Provided fine art covers for 2 Sears catalogues.
- Made an Honorary Texas Ranger 1 November 1980, presentation was
made by Marian T. Keyes.
- "Cattle Country" was purchased by L.B.J. and exhibited at the White
House during his presidency.
- Provided art for the Calendars for Best Printing Company, 1988,
1992, and 1998.
- Played the accordion, which helped keep his fingers limber.
- Commission work for: Charles Limberg, Will Rogers, Gov. Allan Shivers,
Michael Halbouty and Frank Irwin.
- Greer first came to Texas in 1928 looking for Gutzon Borglum (the
artist who sculptured the presidents at Mount Rushmore).