Nature provides Norma’s favorite subjects close to where she lives–the beautiful East Bay hills of Northern California. The lush golden grass, oaks and eucalyptus, ranches and vineyards, and the shadows of Mt. Diablo give her inspiration for years to come. She finds it exciting to be able to share her love for the area with the viewer of her paintings. Raised in the flat San Joaquin Valley, a move to the Bay Area almost 50 years ago changed her outlook on painting completely.
Norma regrets seeing our beautiful landscapes disappearing to ‘progress.’ Over the years, she has taken bad snapshots on roadsides and out of car windows and now finds these faded photos invaluable in recreating “what once was.” In the meantime, she is painting as fast as she can to record our beautiful vistas before they are permanently altered and nothing is left of our landscape to paint except photos.
Active in the Livermore Art Association, Pleasanton Art League and other art groups, she takes place in local art shows and outdoor art festivals annually. Norma has been the editor of “The Portfolio” newsletter for many years.