Soper, Edward L. (Ed).. and his wife Jaycene live in American Fork, Utah, where he has his principal studio. Jaycene and the children bought Ed some paints and brushes after his retirement from LDS Church welfare/humanitarian service employment in 2001, and he began to paint as a hobby. As his skills developed he began to display and sell some of his paintings. Over several previous winters the two have wintered in Manzanillo, Mexico, or St. George, Utah, where he was able to devote more time to painting .
Ed has painted western landscapes as well as images seen or photographed during their travels to the British Isles, Europe, Canada, Alaska, and New England. His current paintings tend to focus on rural Utah scenes and local historic buildings. He has sold nearly 100 such paintings in recent years, and usually has about 20 on display in galleries and other locations.