A.D. (Aubrey Dale) Greer was born in Austin, Texas, but lived much of his life in Oklahoma. He was active in the art world from 1938 to 1986, as a painter, muralist, and commercial artist. Greer began drawing at the age of four and later entered a military academy and studied there for three and a half years. After he left military school at the age of seventeen, he traveled west and took various jobs ranging from commercial artist to day laborer.
Greer made his first trip to Texas in 1928 where he first met the English artist Robert Wood, who painted several landscapes in Greer’s presence, gave Greer his color palette, and also taught him techniques. While supporting himself as an ecclesiastical decorator, Greer practiced what Wood had shown him.
Although many suffered financially during the Depression, Greer had numerous jobs painting church domes, lettering signs on water towers and smokestacks, and striping cars at a Ford assembly plant. He also worked as a logger in the Colorado Rockies and drove spikes for the railroad - jobs that provided him much opportunity to explore the mountain ranges and other landscapes that became subjects of his paintings.
Greer was a member of the Guild of Freelance Artists in New York. An artist, poet, lecturer, and illustrator, he became a legend among Texas landscape painters because of his popularity and the high-dollar values of his luminous, romantic paintings. Although he lived primarily in New York, he painted numerous Southwestern landscapes.