On July 20, 1969 Ernest watched man take his first steps on the surface of the moon and decided that if this feat was possible, he could become a professional artist. Since then Ernest has won numerous national awards, shown in galleries across the United States, worked as a sign painter and as a commercial artist. Now, nearly forty years later, Ernest runs his own studio in Conway, New Hampshire.
Ernest has won awards and grants for his work including; an Eben Demarest Grant for Painting in 1974; First Place in many local art shows, including the Portland Maine Street Show in 1982; Honorable Mention twice in the Salmagundi Club of New York in their Annual National Shows in the mid - 80's and Second Place in the New Hampshire Wildlife Stamp competition late 1980's.
While employed at a sign shop in Conway, Ernest hand-illustrated signs and billboards. His subject matter ranged from moose to bike riders to scenic vistas. The most ambition project he undertook while at the sign shop was a historical mural measuring 16 feet high by 120 feet long. The 1990 work was commissioned by a local amusement park, Heritage New Hampshire, and it details the exciting history of the state. Years later, Ernest painted an update of the mural on a smaller scale, 4 feet high by 32 feet long. His new work was created in the park and became an attraction in its own right.
For the last 17 years Ernest has been one of the premier illustrators for the multi-million dollar company White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson, NH. His illustrations are both detailed and educational. Ernest is responsible for all parts of the creative process including proposal, design, research, and text. With over 60 titles to his name, he currently has 5 of the top 10 selling titles and as sold well over 500,000 units across America and the UK.
When he is not illustrating, Ernest paints in his studio. Working primarily in acrylic on board, his style is realistic to surrealistic and includes still-lifes and landscapes.
Additionally, while living in Vermont from 2000 to 2011, Ernest donated his time to the Lyric Theater Company in Burlington. Lyric is the largest all-volunteer musical theater in New England, presenting two shows a year in a local landmark theater that seats 1400. He has designed two shows and has been set decorator for a dozen more shows.
Recently, Ernest with wife Kate moved back to their old "home town" of Conway, New Hampshire and reestablished his studio on River St.
The work shown is currently available, but other work not shown may be available upon request.
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