Drew Ernst is a realist figurative painter. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. During his four years there he polished his painting skills, studying with accomplished artists including Sidney Goodman, Peter Paone, and Bo Bartlett.

At the age of fifteen Drew began drawing live models in figurative drawing classes at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. His attendance in these classes was faciliatated by Drew's early mentor, Martin J. Garhart, Kenyon Art Professor, painter, and poet. At the same time, Drew was mastering the watercolor medium studying with his high school teacher Chris Bunn.

"Every emotion goes into my paintings: love, hate, joy, sadness; it's all in there. An amazing thing happens when I love hard and paint hard. I become one with the work. My mind can make paint do things, anything; make it behave in ways it shouldn't. The act of painting becomes spiritual. Once this happens, anything is possible."




2014   Untitled, Haley Fine Art

2012    Awake, Haley Fine Art

2010    New Work, Haley Fine Art

2010    Butler Institute, 75th National Midyear

2009    Winston-Wachter Fine Art

2006    Altered States, Solo Exhibition, Zenith Gallery

2006    Butler Institue, 70th National Midyear

2006    Allegory, Winston Wachter Fine Art

2006    From Sea to Shining Sea, DC Art Center

2006    Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio

2006    Pearl Concord Gallery, Mansfield, Ohio

2005    Connected, Zenith Gallery

2005    Out of Line, Seraphin Gallery

2004    New Work, Art Access Gallery


Wolff Williams & Connolly LLP

Michael Klien, esq.

Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering

Starbucks Corporation

Haley Fine Art

Ben Goddard

Akre Capital Management

Richard Foster

Paul Davis Inc.

Legg Mason

Publications & Awards

New American Paintings, August, Book # 65, pg. 26-2921

Young Artists to Collect Now. South West Art, September, pg. 135

Home & Design Sourcebook, Fall/ Winter, pg. 57

Cover Artist, Mid-Atlantic Gallery Guide, December, pg. 5-6

Magner, Jim, Artist Profile, Hill Rag, December, pg. 96 

Allied Artist Award, 70th National Midyear, Butler Museum of American ArtBest of Show, Pearl Concord Gallery, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stacey Scholarship Winner, Alexander Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, 2001Artists' House Gallery Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts MuseumJ. Henry Schiedt Travel Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art MuseumSusan Carlen Brown Prize for Aqueous Media, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtM. G. Capuzzi Memorial, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum


2002 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia