Ed Cahill

En Plein Air Painter & Instructor

Fine artist Ed Cahill standing in front of his stunning plein air paintings

Ed Cahill is an award-winning artist from Marietta, Georgia with a passion for representational art and plein air painting. He was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 1955 and developed a love for painting and drawing at a young age. After attending Firestone High School, Ed went on to earn his BFA in Painting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA in 1977.

While raising a family and working in his family’s auto dealership, Ed continued to paint part-time and was eventually represented by the Golden Door Gallery in New Hope, PA. In 1996, he moved to Marietta, GA and began focusing on plein air events, winning over a dozen awards and eight first place finishes. Today, he is represented by the Frameworks Gallery in Marietta.

In addition to his successful career as an artist, Ed teaches oil painting and plein air at Kennesaw State University, The Art Place in Marietta, and the Chastain Arts Center in Atlanta.. He is known for his beautiful and vibrant landscapes, with a particular focus on the Chattahoochee River basin, Historic Roswell, and Mabry Farm, all located near his home in east Cobb County.


Awards and Achievements

2023 Georgia Color Plein Air Invited Artist

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