Southwestern artist Ernest Martin Hennings was born in Pennsgrove, New Jersey in 1886. Hennings was raised in Chicago and got his art education at the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating Hennings worked as a commercial artist but after six years of commercial work he decided he was tired of working for other people. Hennings refocused on his art and went back to school at the Munich Academy in Germany. Shortly after he returned to the United States he traveled to Taos, New Mexico. In Taos Hennings was inspired by the Southwest and he decided to move there. In 1921 he joined the Taos Society of Artists, a influential group of South Western painters. In Taos he created his most famous work. Hennings passed away in 1956. This painting is titled "Rabbit Hunt" and was created in oil between 1930 and 1940.