Van Gent Edell is one of the top watercolor artists in the
Southeast. A native of Amsterdam, Josie has lived in France, Spain,
South Africa, and the United States. She is a Cum Laude graduate of
Kunstoefening, Arnheim and received a five-year scholarship
presented by Queen Wilhelmina. She then continued her studies at the
Academy of The Hague where she received a BA & MA.
recognition of her high achievements, Josie was awarded a second,
five-year scholarship enabling her to travel throughout Europe where
she worked with many accomplished Artists.
the German occupation of Holland she served the Red Cross,
transporting patients from the beach hospitals to the safety of
the war, she embarked on a successful career of advertising. Josie
moved to the Charleston area in the late 60's where she continues to
work and live. Her style is easily recognized throughout the
Southeast and the South Carolina Lowcountry. She has been honored
with many coveted awards including over 117 ribbons, twice receiving
"Best in Show" by the South Carolina Watercolor society
and Charleston Artist Guild, as well as many Grumbacher awards.
can easily recognize the loose style of her watercolor in most of
her work. Josie excels in portraits, still lifes, florals, and
scenes of Charleston.