Dr. Richard Greer was born and raised in Portsmouth NH, with his ancestors settling there in the early 1600's. Since his childhood, he's had an avid interest in art of all forms and enjoyed painting during high school. Richard completed his undergraduate degree in marine sciences at UNH, and received his Masters degree from the University of Idaho where he studied birds in Grand Canyon National Park. He continued his higher education at the University of Wyoming where he researched birds on the Laramie Plains, earning a Ph.D. in zoology. Dr. Greer has since worked worldwide as a wildlife biologist, from the Arctic ice cap to the rainforests of West Africa.
Dr. Greer compares his artistic process to the fundamental focus and rigor requisite to publishing papers in scientific journals. Today, Dr. Greer lives in southern New Jersey where he works in his studio, primarily in watercolor and acrylics. His featured piece is based on a picture by local photographer Tim Hayes taken the afternoon of September 17, 2014 from Badgers Island, Kittery, and is a vibrant watercolor capturing Portsmouth’s iconic historical waterfront.