Greer has a comprehensive knowledge of her medium and uses speciality paints to create unique surface effects and textures. Diffused lines and glazing with mixed media, pumice mortar and pearlised acrylic paint are used to abstract the essence of our distinctive New Zealand landscapes.
Through sensitive exploration of colour, light, form and texture her work serenely evokes the subtle variations of the natural environment. Greer’s ongoing engagement with this visual dialogue affords a kaleidoscopic range of possibilities to the artist, of which we are treated to a selection in the coming show. In ‘Treetops’, scumbled earth tones rise in the foreground, suggestive of land unfolding away from the viewer. These lead the eye on to washed light grey tones interposed with darker horizontal areas, giving the effect of further reaches of land and sea into the distance. Like all Greer’s work to a greater or lesser degree, the work is finely abstracted but instantly recognizable as landscape based. ‘Ebbs and Flows’ employs violet and lavender shades to lightly describe land mass and sea at the lower edge of the painting, the typically striking composition leaving ample room for exploration of sky. Gradations of lighter and darker tones are woven up the picture plane, the distinction between the elements lightly made, with similar shapes reflected between them. This refined balance lends a spiritual quality to Greer’s work, speaking of the universal patterns and continuum within our natural surroundings. “Our landscape has its own original colour and texture formed from native plants, rivers, lakes and coastlines rising to our ever changing skyline. I aim to capture some of that energy visually in my paintings.” Greer graduated from Elam Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1996. After travelling extensively she lived and worked in London and Australia and eventually, following two successful solo shows in Sydney, returned to Auckland where she lives with her husband and two young children.