Born in Detroit, Edward Kennedy earned his BS Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. While there, he took several classes in life and basic drawing. He supplemented his art education by studying art magazines, books and visiting museums whenever possible. It was through an art magazine that Ed was introduced to Albert Handell and his wonderful pastel paintings. Soon after, Ed purchased his first set of pastels. Now Ed paints both in oil and pastel, although pastel remains his favorite.
Ed has attended workshops from Scott Christensen, Albert Handell, Anita Louis West, Frank Serrano, Susan Lyon, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Rob Liberace and Richard McDaniel. He considers himself fortunate to have spent the day watching Richard Schmid and Albert Handell paint together in Vermont during a workshop he attended.
Ed is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and has attained Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies. He is also a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society.