Edwin Cape was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1968. He lived in southern Arizona with his family until he attended college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he received a degree in Fine Arts.
During his summer breaks from college, Cape worked in Sedona at a local resort where he was inspired by the red rock mountains hiking in the surrounding areas. Many of these natural colors can still be seen in his paintings today.
After graduating from college, Edwin moved to Portland, Oregon for several years, but decided to return to Sedona where he felt he was most inspired to paint. Edwin paints mostly abstracts in acrylics. And he uses a high gloss finish to bring out the rich texture and colors that make his paintings so popular.
Even though his paintings are not composed of obvious “Southwest” images, Edwin remembers every red rock that he has used to inspire his imagery and color in each of his paintings. Sedona is also well known for its four vortexes, where Earth’s unseen lines of power allegedly intersect to form an energy field. And in many pieces, Edwin has tried to capture the motion of this energy bouncing off the colors of the rocky landscape.
Cape states, “Most people look at my paintings and see one thing or another, but few people know the truth behind my paintings. But then again, I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be. Everyone should see what they want to see in a painting. That’s what makes art so interesting.”