Edmond William Greacen defined himself as a painter by exhibiting an unique command of color which he brought to his Impressionist works.
He was a native of New York who travelled around the world after graduating from New York University. The world travel was a ploy by his father. Greacen wanted to fight in the Spanish-American War and his father offered him the trip as an alternative.
When he returned to the United States, he undertook more educational pursuits, enrolling at the Art Students League of New York. He developed an interest in Plein-Aire painting during this time and decided to, once again, travel around the world, this time in the pursuit of more education in Europe.
He did not return until 1909 and, by that time, was practicing Impressionism. He was part of the Old Lyme art colony and operated a studio in New York City.
Edmund William Greacen was exhibited at many prestigious institutions including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design, among many others. He is renowned for a particularly subtle use of color, particularly violets, greens and grays. He enjoyed the experience of painting at various times of day to capture differences in light.