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Norma is passionate about the portrayal of light and the use of rich, saturated color. She works primarily in watercolor and oil, but also enjoys working in pen and ink for a change of pace. Known especially for her florals and landscapes, her range of subject matter also includes architecture and portraits of children, pets, and homes.
Although Norma has had no formal art training, she hesitates to call herself “self-taught”. She considers her talent to be gift from God, which has been developed throughout a lifetime of observation and exposure to other artists, artworks, and books. Teaching watercolor has also been a marvelous learning experience.
Norma’s work has won numerous awards including two Rhode Island Govenor’s Trophies for oil painting, Grumbacher Art Awards for Artistic Achievement, Blount County (Tennessee) Dogwood Arts Festival 10th Anniversary Print Competition, many blue ribbons and purchase awards. Her paintings are included in corporate and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Norma now makes her home with her husband in the picturesque Smoky Mountain foothills of East Tennessee. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Her other interests include gardening, sewing, needlework, and home decorating.
Norma maintains a studio in Maryville, Tennessee, where she also teaches watercolor classes. Her work can also be seen at In The Woods Gallery in Townsend, Tennessee.