Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Ed has always had a passion for the arts. At the age of 17 he won a top prize in the Metropolitan Opera Set Design Contest and had the honor of receiving his award on the Metropolitan Opera stage. He knew more than ever that the arts would be an important part of his life. To further his education Ed attended and graduated from New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After graduation and a stint in the U.S. Army, he was employed as a graphic artist at The Reader’s Digest where he became involved in Direct Marketing. After seven years he left that job to form his own graphic design studio. After five years this grew into a full-fledged advertising agency called Smith Advertising, located at 641 Lexington Ave. Manhattan.
He was a member of The Society of Illustrators, the Hundred Million Club, and the Direct Marketing Association. He and his family settled in Norwalk, Ct. where he eventually retired and started painting. His work appeared in many art shows in Darien, New Canaan, and Wilton.
Now a resident of Sherman CT, he is devoting full-time to painting. His most recent work has appeared locally at The White Silo Farm Gallery, Sherman Library, Sherman Jewish Community Center, and the Kent Art Association’s Presidents Show.
Ed’s paintings cover a wide range of subjects: landscapes, portraiture, barns, and nostalgic city scenes.
He paints in both realistic and impressionistic styles.