Ed Cooper began drawing and painting at an early age. It became his lifetime passion.
As a youth he lived on a farm, worked in the fields, hiked in the woods, wandered the hills, and developed a great love for nature and for the landscape. During this time he collected and studied illustrations in outdoor and sporting magazines. He was also greatly influenced by plein air painters of Cape Anne, such as Emile Gruppe, by Pensylvania impressionists like Edward Redfield, and by the artistry of John Carlson.
born 1940 Jersey City, NJ
1962 BFA Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
"Painting Landscapes on Toned Surfaces with Alkyds", by Edward L. Cooper, American Artist, May 1997, pp. 42-47.
"Painting Landscapes on Toned Surfaces with Alkyds", revised, Color, an American Artist Publication, 2001, pp 119-115
International Artist, December 2001/January 2002, p. 20.
"Light Show", by Mary Ann Barton, Elan Magazine, Loudoun, April 2005, cover, pp. 9, 14, 46-49
"American Plein Air Painters in Normandy," American Artist, November 2005, pp 34-45.
The Piedmont Virginian, August 2007, "Inspiring Views", pp 60-61.
Nature Conservancy, "En Plein Air: Landscape Painters Interpret Conservancy Preserves", Spring 2008, pp 52-64.