It all began in Brooklyn, NY on the sandy shores of Gravesend Bay within walking distance of Coney Island. Ed’s lifelong obsession with drawing began with the Sunday paper comic strips, rendering characters such as Mutt & Jeff, Krazy Kat, Winnie Winkle and more. Commercial art, at the time, in newspapers and magazines was pen and ink, black and white, as were the movies. Color printing was a rare luxury.
During the Great Depression, Ed attended Pratt Institute and trained as an art teacher. After three years of teaching in New York City high schools, he spent three years creating masks and decorative props for Broadway musicals, working with Vincente Minelli and the famous Fanny Brice in one of the last editions of Zeigfield Follies.
Like most of his generation, Ed enlisted in the army during World War II. Always slight of build, he had to beg and connive to gain entry. His sketches and watercolors from this period detail his experiences working a POW camp in the Deep South and hospitals on the French and German battlefronts. As the war ended, he extended his stay in Paris to study cinematography.
Following WWII, Ed worked in the art department at Macy’s Herald Square, while also freelancing for various magazines including, The New Yorker, New York Times, and Good Housekeeping. He then embarking on a 25-year career as a designer for Norcross Greeting Cards. It was Norcross the brought him to Chester County in the 1970’s, where he flourished as an accomplished painter in oils and watercolors. He became an active member of the Chester County Art Association, and for several years he sponsored a special prize for youthful artists.
Ed’s works reflect a broad vision. From landscapes to still life depictions of found objects, outrageous humorous characters, and wide vistas reminiscent of Flemish paintings, he entertains the viewer with a unique combination of wit and whimsy.