Whiting Tennis was born in Virginia, then moved to Seattle in 1972 in his early teens. He received his BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Washington in 1984. Tennis has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA; Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR; and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. He had several works in the 2014 California-Pacific Triennial at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer prize, given as part of the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition. Additionally, Tennis was the winner of the 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship for Painting awarded by Seattle’s Behnke Foundation. Major works by the artist are included in private and public collections including Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, and the Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY.