The artist is Ed Lowe who is co-owner of KellGrace with his wife Cathy and daughter Kell. He has been painting sceneries since 1971. Back in the early days he did scenes for children as an inner-city Christian worker in Chicago. They were tempera medium on newsprint paper donated by the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Ed and his team would drive a mission van down to the loading docks and they would help him load up waste-end spools of paper. Most were 32 inches wide and the rolls were up to 12 inches thick. That’s a lot of paper, but a roll lasted a long time. He would also share the rolls with about ten or so fellow workers in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Minneapolis, and a few other cities.
In the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s thousands of amazing large paintings, “32 x 48”, were given out to inner city kids to remind them of the Bible stories. Even Kell and her sister and brother helped her dad when they were kids. Often Ed would be disheartened when he would see one of his painting deteriorating on a child’s wall in their home. Newsprint paper is very thin and intended to be thrown out after you read the news. (Actually, in most cases the content as well.)
Finally in 2012 it occurred to Ed to make some paintings for KellGrace Salon. He didn’t really get around to actually doing the paintings until 2016. This time around, the paintings would be done with acrylics on canvas or oakwood that LASTS! They are displayed and sold at KellGrace Salon and at New Smyrna Beach Ballroom which is owned by Kell’s sister Renae.
Now, for the first time, we are selling them online through Kellgrace.com and good news – Edplanet.com has just launched. It makes it possible to view Ed’s work in full detail with background information and interesting posts about art and artists.
In Central Florida, Ed is available to create an original painting for homes or offices. He is able to make them any size. Very large projects or murals may require on-site construction of the framing.
Only a score of people own one of Ed’s paintings, for which he is grateful and humbled. With the new website, and by word of mouth, he is offering original art in two ways:
COMMISSION – the ultimate personal touch for YOUR needs.
View Ed’s posted samples and tell him what you want, and what size, and he will give you a quote.
If agreed upon, he will create the painting, deliver, mount, and set up the piece at your location,
or have it ready for pick up in WINTER PARK, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, or SPRING HILLS.
PURCHASE – any art displayed @ EdPlanet.com includes a link to KellGrace.com where the art
may be purchased through the online store. A full description, including dimensions, medium,
pricing, and inspirational background is posted.
A number of sample works will be displayed and the client can decide the exact SIZE and STYLE of the original art.
This artist his builds own wood stretchers called MightyWood Stretchers and customize cuts the canvas. This year he is challenged to do a re-creation of Van Gogh’s 1888 “Landscape With Snow” and donate it to the White House. As part of the project he is building a customized cedar frame. Already he has made a number of cedar frames that he calls SimplyCedar.
Also we are starting a collection of FEATURE ARTICLES on artists, art genres, and art trends. Here is the first artist entry:
110 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789