Norma was born and raised in Southern California, in a town similar to Salmon at that time with a population of about 6,000. The town grew and with that growth came the problems of the larger town: sub-divisions, strip malls and an unbelievable amount of traffic. Because of this growth, she sought the slower pace of life and chose Salmon.
Self-taught in various types of art, she enjoys drawing, oil painting, watercolor and sculpting. She stated, “My concentration has been for the most part the figure. Recently, I have been working in water color which for me has been the most difficult medium of all. Without any doubt my favorite is bronze. Several years ago Robert Deurloo introduced me to sculpting. He gave me 10 pounds of clay and said ‘You can do this,’ so I did and I was hooked. It gives me the freedom to bring my characters to life in three dimension and feel their personalities appear in my hands. I am always fascinated with the process and eager to see the outcome of my people.”
Her recent sculpture work is a series of South African Bush people. One of a young girl sitting on a tree limb splashing her foot in the water from the first rain, is complete and ready to be bronzed. The next one going to the foundry is of a hunter crouched down in the grass ready to shoot his arrow.
Norma has become an advocate of sculpting, teaching classes at the gallery and getting others “hooked” on her passion.