Greer Ralston

Flowers, Figure and Fauna

Greer Ralston graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the 1980’s when her work was mainly portrait/figurative based which was very reflective of the trend in GSA at the time. After graduating she went on to exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery in London and was awarded the Greenshields International Scholarship for figurative painting.

In the early years Greer focussed mainly on commissions as well as working as a part time lecturer. She now paints full time but still runs a small number of private workshops and classes.

As well as figurative painting, in recent years her interest has settled on nature and in particular flowers with peonies being a favourite. She sees these pieces as individual portraits of flowers, occasionally large in scale, depicting them in a more sculptural and less domestic manner.

The flower is very much the main element of the composition, whether it emerges from the darkness, is spotlit or occasionally with wild flowers as part of a minimal landscape. The flower is always the star of the show.

Greer’s figurative works often explore difficult and complex themes such as sexuality, loss and illness, so for the artist her flower and recent still life work, reflect a lighter and more aesthetic view of the world.

No matter what the subject matter is, the process and how the work is constructed is something fundamental to Greer. Drawing is something that has always been very important to her. She always works in oils, no matter the scale, starting with the brush outlining the shapes on a tonal background. After a tonal underpainting is complete the next stage is to examine colour and texture, this is completed by many thin layers of glazing giving the piece tremendous depth. This was a technique that was developed before art school when she studied with the late Alberto Morroco.

The study of art history and in particular women’s art history is something that is very important to Greer as she has been influenced by many of her predecessors such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Kathe Kollwitz, Gluck and Georgia O’Keeffe to name a few.

Examining what has gone before, a return to nature, and also to her rural roots in the countryside will hopefully keep producing the inspiration for future work.

Greer regularly exhibits in galleries and private venues across the UK, with work held in public and private collections both in the UK and abroad.

Greer Ralston


Coral Sunset

90 x 90 cm

Greer Ralston




100 x 70 cm

Greer Ralston