Norman is a life-long Seekonk resident. He realized his artistic talent while working as a pattern cutter for jewelry companies in the area. He helped design many high school, college, and professional championship rings for 54 years.
“I was watching Bob Ross on television, back in the 90’s and told my wife, ‘I think I can do that,’ and that’s how my oil painting career began. My wife bought me a starter oil painting set in 2000. I used Ross’ different techniques, and then began experimenting on my own. Painting relaxes me and allows me to escape into the different landscapes and seascapes that I create, though I love painting animals as well. Ideas for my paintings come from various sources; calendars, post cards, greeting cards, photos people send me, scenery from places I have visited and of course, my imagination.”
Norman has done commissioned paintings of folks’ childhood homes, their favorite landmarks, or just things they love to look at every day. He has participated in the juried Scituate Art Festival for the past 5 years, since his wife of 62 years told him he needed to “get rid of some of these paintings” to make room for more. Norm paints in oil, but on different surfaces, such as slate, wood, birch tree limbs and canvas.