Ever seeking to recognize and express the beauty she sees in the world around her, Cary Ennis paints images that “combine a powerful sense of clarity and solidity with a feeling of deep and penetrating quiet,” according to Southwest Art Magazine. She works in a Realist style, seeing beauty in the most ordinary as well as the sublime. Although her main focus has been still life, she also produces portraits, figurative work and landscapes.
A resident of New Mexico for most of her life, Cary grew up painting and drawing, encouraged by family and teachers. Her love of art led her to a M.A. at the University of New Mexico, and on to study at the Art Students League of New York, as well as in workshops with a variety of excellent teachers. In undergraduate work she received a minor in English and Philosophy, interests which have continued through the years. She worked as a jeweler for some years before settling full time into painting and drawing. Cary has had numerous one person shows and been featured in many magazine articles. She recently moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.
Cary has also had a lifelong interest in a deeper understanding of life and of what it is to be human, and this has led her to a love of the world of appearance as a clear and direct expression of the simple truth of being. It is this simple seeing of the beauty in everyday objects and in the forms of nature, be it people, plant forms or landscapes that has inspired much of her work. To live a life of wholeness, to see that wholeness everywhere, and to paint as an expression of that, is her inspiration.