Edwin Dickinson came to Provincetown in 1911 to study with Charles Hawthorne.  Dickinson helped found the Provincetown Art Association where he also taught drawing; Philip Malicoat and Bruce McKain were among his students. As an artist he was able to bridge the gap between the old guard and the modernists. Like the traditional Provincetown painters he worked from nature while employing the new freedoms of composition and idea of the modernist.