J. Elliot Enneking (1881-1942)
Holly Hock
, undated. Oil on canvas. Donated by the Estate of Rowena M. Owens

J. Elliot Enneking (1881-1942)
Holly Hock
Oil on canvas
Mystic Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Donated by the Estate of Rowena M. Owens

Born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, Enneking was the son of American landscape painter John Joseph Enneking (1841 – 1916). Unlike his father, who favored dark, moody landscapes, J. Eliot prefered bright, sun-dappled vistas.

Enneking studied in Boston with Joseph De Camp (1858 – 1923), Frank Weston Benson (1862 – 1951), and Edmond Charles Tarbell (1862 – 1938), before opening a studio in Brookline, Massachusetts where he often painted Mill Pond, a quiet wildlife refuge just minutes from Boston. Then Enneking discovered Rockport on Cape Cod, with its beaches, rocky paths, woods and glades, and the magical light at dusk that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer.

Enneking became friends with Henry Ward Ranger, frequently visiting him in Noank, Connecticut and showing his work at the young Mystic Art Association throughout the 1920s.

A member of the Salmagundi Club and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, in addition to MMoA Enneking also has work in the collections of the Springville Art Museum in Utah and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Holly Hock may depict the beautiful flower gardens and spire of the Noank Baptist Church.