NORMAN has been working as an artist for over 30 years. Raised in northern New Mexico in the town of Espanola, his first influences came from this picturesque area set in the Rio Grande Valley that is home to Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures. A tour in the Peace Corps in Rajasthan, India was also a very formative experience. The themes and images of the vibrant folk cultures of Rajasthan have offered much material for his work alongside the influences from the Southwest.
Norman began his art work with pencil and pen & ink, then broadened his efforts with colored pencils, oil on canvas and pastels. Largely self-taught, he has also studied with other artists. While living in Santa Fe, he studied oil painting with local artist, George Burrows. In Denver, he joined the Art Students League and took drawing classes with Mitch Caster, pastel with Doug Dawson, watercolor with Dennis Pendleton, and woodcut printing with Theresa Haberkorn. More recently, he has worked with Wheat Ridge pastel artist, Courtney Armstrong.
In addition to painting, Norman is a weaver. He studied with Bob Morgan of Denver, using an upright Navajo-style, two-shuttle loom which he built himself. When not painting, he enjoys designing and weaving his own creations, drawing upon the wealth of traditional southwestern motifs for inspiration.
Please visit Norm’s other website, which has images of his earlier work and his weaving: www.normzieglerart.weebly.com
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