Gillian Greer Park

Artist Member

A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, specialising in Fine Art, she has worked in community arts before, and for some time after, gaining her
post -graduate teaching qualification from Jordanhill College.

In her early career, she tutored at Castle Toward Summer Art School and at the SRC’s Saturday morning classes in Woodside Secondary School. She also spent
two years teaching both blind and deaf students in Glasgow. Until her early retirement last year, she taught Art and Design for 34 years, 23 of which were spent at Gryffe High School in Renfrewshire. She is currently the president of Greenock Art Club, which enjoys refurbished premises: The Stables Studio, in Gourock Park.

She paints in oils, acrylics and watercolour, but enjoy producing digital artwork, too. Much of her inspiration comes from the area around the Crinan Canal and Knapdale, a regular holiday destination. The stunning scenery and varied landscape provide a rich source of inspiration. The river Clyde and it’s environs are also a terrific subject to paint. She particularly enjoys reflections on water and paints her landscapes with a broad, flat brush.

She has been involved for over 20 years in set design/props for several local theatrical groups in Greenock and more recently produced the set for a touring production of ‘The Benny Lynch Story’. Capturing moments ‘behind the scenes’ provides very interesting subject matter for artwork. The contrast of strong theatrical lighting with the dark areas backstage adds a sense of drama and the placement of the figures can produce an enigmatic narrative for the viewer to solve.