Ed Cahill

Ed Cahill is an award-winning Plein Air artist from Marietta, Georgia. He is known for his vibrant landscapes, with a particular focus on views of the Chattahoochee River and Historic Roswell. He was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 1955 and after attending Firestone High School in Akron Ohio went on to earn his BFA in Painting from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977.
While raising a family and working as a graphic designer Ed continued to paint 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, winning over a dozen awards and nine first place finishes.
In addition Ed teaches painting at Kennesaw State University, The Art Place in Marietta, and the Chastain Arts Center in Atlanta..


Awards and Acceptances
2024 Georgia Color Plein Air
Best Light Award— “Oconee Sunrise”
2024 Buford Arts Plein Air
Third Place and Museum Purchase Award “Everyone Loves A Parade”
2024 Blue Ridge Plein Air
Third Place —“Marsha’s View”
Honorable Mention—”Taste of Alpharetta”
2023 Sautee Plein Air
2023 Blue Ridge Plein Air
Honorable Mention —“Aska Road”
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 Watchers”
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
Second 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”

Artist Statement

I have always been artist. I paint what I know—where I live and what I love. It’s an honor to do so as a professional with other painters—and share it those who appreciate it. When I travel I do so with joy and interest —Plein Air painters are explorers and scientists, we see the world with an eye for composition, color and drama. The only regrets I have is leaving a place before I discover all its beauty.

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