Norman started his working life as an engineer at 14, in 1934, and in 1964, started his own business. He had always dabbled in drawing and painting, and despite only having a limited time at his disposal, he was accepted into the Leicester Sketch Club in 1960.
It was only after retirement, in 1986, that he began to concentrate more seriously on painting in all media. In 1988 he joined the Crown Hills Art Society and in 1995 founded the Birstall & District Art Society, and in 1999, the Leicestershire Pastel Society, both of which still flourish.
Norman derived great pleasure from drawing and painting out of doors in the belief that it formed a vital part of his progress as an artist, as did painting from the live models at evening classes.
Norman said: ‘I hope that the setting up of our society has been instrumental in giving our members and those who come to our exhibitions a lot of pleasure and will continue to do so in the future.’
Sadly Norman died, 23rd March 2008. This society is Norman's legacy. The society owes Norman a great debt for without him there would have not been a Leicestershire Pastel Society.