About the artist
 

John Ennis

John Ennis has been recognized with over a dozen national and international awards for his portrait work. His subjects include hospital presidents, university deans, corporate CEO's, board chairmen, physicians, judges, headmasters and other notable national figures. His work is included in the collections of the U.S. Navy, Drexel University, M.I.T., Princeton Healthcare, Boston Latin School, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences, Foundation for the Carolinas, Massachusetts General Hospital, Temple University and many more. He was educated at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) and the Art Students League of New York.


In his words, "There are few art forms that lend themselves more to the expression of the human experience than painting a portrait. I use what time I have with a portrait subject to explore their life, their personality, and the perception of the people that know and love them. When I step up to the canvas, I am searching for something about them, their character, their love of life, their place in our world, but ultimately I am expressing my perception of them. It's a shared experience and great fun. Left behind is a short but often intense bonding with an individual, family or group of people, and a legacy that outlives us all."


A native of Bucks County, PA, John is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. While his professional work is centered around portraiture, he enjoys the camaraderie of the Bucks County artist community and paints landscapes and other works when time allows. John and his artist wife Jo-Ann share a studio in Yardley, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

 

AWARDS Selected List

Portrait Society of America: Honorable Mention, Member Competition, Commissioned Portraits 2014

Portrait Society of America: 10th Honorable Mention, Member Competition 2013

Portrait Society of America: 6th Place, Member Competition, Commissioned Portraits 2013

Portrait Society of America: Certificate of Excellence international competition 2009

Portrait Society of America: Honorable Mention Men, Member Competition 2009

Portrait Society of America: Fifth Place Children Member Competition 2009

Portrait Society of America: Honorable Mention Outdoor Portrait Competition 2007

Portrait Society of America: Best Portfolio Annual Conference 2007

Portrait Society of America: Honors Award international competition 2006

Portrait Society of America: Finalist Children's Portrait Competition 2006

Portrait Society of America: First Place Self-Portrait Competition 2005

Portrait Society of America: Best Portfolio Annual Conference 2005

Portrait Society of America: Honors Award international competition 2004

Portrait Society of America: Best Portfolio Annual Conference 2004, 2005, 2007

Portrait Society of America: Certificate of Recognition international competition 2003

The Artists Magazine's 24th Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures

The Artists Magazine's 22nd Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures

The Artists Magazine's 21st Annual Art Competition: Finalist-Portrait & Figures

The Artists Magazine's 21st Annual Art Competition: First Place-Animal Art

Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Show: Award for Portraiture

Phillips' Mill 77th Annual Fall Exhibition: Patrons' Award