John F. Enser (1898-1968) was born in Ennis, Texas, John Enser moved to Chicago to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute, and sponsored himself by making illustrations for newspapers. In 1929 he came to Boston, where he struck up a close friendship with Hermann Dudley Murphy (1867-1945). Enser became an influential teacher with a career at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts; the School of Practical Arts and Letters at Boston University; and the Vesper George School.
As a young man, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and with Jose Arpa. He was also a newspaper illustrator there as well as an etcher.
In 1929, he moved to Lexington, Massachusetts and became friends with Herman Dudley Murphy (1867-1945). In Boston, he exhibited oils and watercolors with the Guild of Boston Artists and also exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Witte Museum in San Antonio, and at Vose Galleries in Boston.
In 1962, he moved to New Ipswich, New Hampshire, where he continued painting and teaching until he died in 1968.