When his art teacher asked Ed if she could enter his work in a contest and he saw his winning art printed in a national magazine, “it was a really pleasant feeling,” Ed told me. “I started to understand that even if I was feeling frustrated or alienated, I’d be okay. I’d just paint — just make my own ‘happy.’ “
Ed chose a career he could enjoy all his life. Besides his own landscape paintings, Ed painted scenery for plays, operas, TV series, movies — even haunted houses. He also painted murals in hotels, restaurants and private homes. And he illustrated children’s books.
It started early. Ed’s elementary and middle school classmates liked to watch him draw. They’d commission sketches of cars and animals for 25¢ each. When Ed got into some trouble in middle school and had to change schools, he left his “bad kid” identity behind, but took his art with him, and that helped him fit in at the new school.