Ed Cahill

Plein Air Painter & Instructor


8/16/55 Rice Lake, Wisconsin

BFA in Painting 1977
Carnegie-Mellon University,  Pittsburgh, PA

Ed was raised in the mid-west and introduced to painting and drawing at a young age. He lived in Akron, Ohio and took classes at the art institute as a child. He attended Firestone high school and was accepted to Carnegie-Mellon University graduating with a BFA in 1977. While raising a family Ed worked in his family’s auto dealership and eventually managed his own ad agency for twenty years, painting part time. While living in Yardley, Pennsylvania he was represented by the Golden Door Gallery in New Hope. Since 1996 he has lived in Marietta, Georgia and is now represented by the Frameworks Gallery in Marietta and Lake Burton Gallery in Calhoun. In 2012 he began to participate in plein air events in Georgia and across the Southeast, winning over a dozen awards including eight first place finishes. Ed now teaches oil painting and plein air at Kennesaw State University and gives workshops both locally and nationally.

"I’ve painted since childhood. After college my interest has been representational art—mostly landscape. In 2010 I took some classes that ignited a love for plein air and that dominates my work today. For several years I’ve concentrated my efforts on views of the Chattahoochee River basin, Historic Roswell and Mabry Farm, all close to my home in east Cobb County."


Awards and Achievements

2019 & 2020 Olmsted Invitational Invited Artist

2019 Plein Air Easton Invited Artist

2018 New Smyrna Beach Paint Out

2018 Stone Mountain Plein Air
First Place —Wheel Watches

2018 Blue Ridge International Plein Air
First Place —Stanley Rapids

2018 Chastain Arts Center 50th Anniversary
Second Place —Corner Light

2018 Olmsted Invitational
First Place in the Community Plein Air
—Welcome to the Olmsted

2018 Duluth Plein Air
2nd Place —Tea Time

2018 Plein Air in the Mountains
People’s Choice, best of show —The Dairy

2016 Stone Mountain Plein Air
Honorable Mention —1840’s House

2016 Blue Ridge Art Association Fall Plein Air
Second Place —Mercer’s Pond

My Favorite Place to Paint
—Mabry Farm featured in Plein Air magazine’s weekly newsletter 6/16

2015 Marietta/Cobb County Museum Plein Air Event
Mayor’s Award, 1st Place —The Alley

2014 Gwinnet Parks Plein Air Challenge
3rd Place —A Fall Morning

2014 Marietta/Cobb County Museum Plein Air Event
First Place —47 Cherokee Street

Height of the Season featured in
Plein Air magazine’s weekly newsletter 1/14

2013 Blue Ridge Art Association Fall Plein Air
First Place —Engine 7529

2013 Smith-Gilbert Gardens Plein Air Event
Second Place — Rest and Roses

2013 Charelston SC OPA Plein Air Event
First Place —145 Church Street

2013 Blue Ridge Art Association Spring Plein Air
Second Place —Horse Creek Farm

2012 Marietta/Cobb County Museum Plein Air Event
Third Place — Sunday on the Square