Ernest Gillman lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. His love of drawing began at a young age in northern Minnesota where he grew up on a dairy farm. His unique style of blending contemporary and traditional imagery into his drawings developed through his studies in the Fine Arts program at the University of Minnesota. Ernest's award winning drawings have been commissioned by private and commercial enterprises throughout Minnesota and the U.S. He is also the recipient of a $10,000 2016 Artist Initiative Grant awarded by the Minnesota Arts Board for his series on the "Blue Collar/Americana.