Ed is a native Chicagoan who has called Geneva his home since 1987. As a high school student in that far away land of the early 1970s, he managed to put down the record album covers long enough to complete a few crude drawings. Paleolithic cave artists everywhere winced at the results. Just as he was learning to give his stick figures a shadow or two, cruel fate intervened and Ed was forced to go out and get a job. Unforeseen by him, his employers demanded huge amounts of his time, sometimes up to eight hours a day. The #2 pencils and loose-leaf paper went into storage, and Ed concentrated on building his empire. Eventually he ended up in the western suburbs building roads and highways. A lifelong obsession with traffic signals and left turn lanes had begun. As occasionally happens, a wife and children appeared on the horizon, and Ed settled into the time-honored routine of parent, partner, provider.
In 2001, while drawing a squirrel he had seen in an ad stating, “So! You think you’re an artist!” Ed’s new wife told him, “You know, that kangaroo isn’t half bad, why don’t you take a few hundred art courses?”
After several years of going to such local schools as The Fine Line and The DuPage Art League, he took a serious step and enrolled at Waubonsee Community College. In the last five years, he’s completed 10 different art classes and has gotten to the point where his paintings don’t require (in his mind anyway) the lights to be turned off.
Ed initially painted in watercolor, and one of those is displayed here. Other medium he enjoys are pastels and oils, which make up the majority of what you see. Many of the sights and sounds of his 20 plus years out on the roads are portrayed in his work. “I find beauty in many of the things we take for granted in our everyday travels”. His art has appeared in various shows and publications.
You can contact Ed at 630-207-1507.