Born on June 20, 1893 in Rich Township, Lapeer County, near Mayville Michigan.
Ernest attended Adrian Art College with the encouragement and support of his mother Katie, from whom he inherited his artistic talents. He began his career in 1912. In 1926 he lived in Detroit where he was an Art Director. He was a well respected artist starting in commercial art and later advanced to doing private sales and commissioned pieces for a host of private and commercial clients. He was well known for his realistic works depicting local Indians, southwestern landscapes including the flora and fauna of the region, and a variety of portraits leaving behind him a wealth of beauty enjoyed by those privileged to own his works. He exhibited his works in Sedona galleries and has work in the Smithsonian gallery in Washington DC. He illustrated among others the book “Ghosts of Jerome”. He resided in Michigan, Arizona, and in his late years in Florida near his son Terry. In Florida he took up his love of nature with paintings that reflected his love of nature's wonders.
He was married twice, first to Eulalia Hallie Terry from 1917 to 1930, and then to childhood friend Marion Hopkins from 1932 until his death on April 2, 1975.
Compiled from family documents and submitted by Sue Singer (Granddaughter)