Drew Ernst

Drew Ernst is a contemporary, figurative painter. At an early age Drew began drawing live models in figurative drawing classes at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

His attendance in these classes was arranged by mentor, Martin J. Garhart, Kenyon Art Professor, painter, and poet. At the same time, Drew was studying with watercolorist Chris Bunn.

Drew is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, America's oldest fine arts school. During his four years there, he polished his skills, studying with artists including Sidney Goodman, Peter Paone, and Bo Bartlett.

Every emotion goes into my paintings - love, hate, joy, sadness - it’s all in there. An amazing thing happens when you love hard and paint hard. You become one with the work. The 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.

Concept Sketches



Wolff Williams & Connolly LLP
Michael Klien, esq.
Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering
Starbucks Corporation
Haley Fine Art
Akre Capital Management
Richard Foster
Paul Davis Inc.
Legg Mason, Bill Miller


2012    Awake, Haley Fine Art
2010    New Work, Haley Fine Art
2010    Butler Museum, 75th National Midyear
2009    Winston-Wachter Fine Art
2006    Altered States, Solo Exhibition, Zenith Gallery
2006    70th National Midyear, Butler Museum of American Art
2006    Allegory, Winston Wachter Fine Art
2006    From Sea too 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


2002 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia 

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 Art
Best of Show, Pearl Concord Gallery
 National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Stacey Scholarship Winner, 2002
Alexander Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, 2001
Artists' House Gallery Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
J. Henry Schiedt Travel Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum
Susan Carlen Brown Prize for Aqueous Media, Pennsylvania Academy of  Fine Art
M. G. Capuzzi Memorial, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, 2000