Ed Macomber has a varied background. He has an art degree from Wagner College in New York City, served with the U.S. Marines, married a Morehead City woman, sold Toyotas for fourteen years, and he has owned a New Bern art-supply store for fifteen more years. Ten years ago his art community friends convinced him to sell the store and paint for a living. He has been twice-honored by the North Carolina Watercolor Society. Macomber does not focus on one subject, such as sea landscapes, but paints from a limitless supply of subject matter.