Ernie is a California native whose formal education took place at Brook's Institute of Photography where he received his bachelor's degree. Since 1982, he has provided assignment photographic works for corporations, publishers and advertising agencies. Among those are: Andrews McMeel Universal, Black and Veatch, Bushnell Sports Optics, BoIle, CASA, Dolly Madison, Doubleday, Farmland Foods, Hostess, Interstate Brands, Kansas City Steak Co., Mrs. Field's Cookies, National Beef Corp., Salton, Sprint, St Lukes Health Services, Toastmaster Appliances, Tricor-Braun, William's Foods...

In addition to his commercial work, photographic studies and explorations have provided a significant addition to his portfolio of work. His utilization of light, form and texture are primarily aimed at the simple narratives found in ordinary objects and our delicate environment.