Norma was born in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders in 1945
In 1962 she won a bursary to study Fine Art and Graphic Design at Sheffield Art College.
She was Elected to the Pastel Society in 2004.
“Scottish painters have always held a special interest for me: Joan Eardley, whose work seems contemporary even today, the Scottish Colourists and now Barbara Rae and John Brown and other contemporary painters whose work is colourful and verging on the abstract.
John Blockley has been a major influence on my life and work. On first seeing his paintings I was immediately aware of a vision and interpretation of the landscape to which I could relate and have since always had great admiration for his work.
Annual holidays on the West Coast of Scotland, a childhood living on the edge of the Peak District and now in the hills of the Forest of Bowland and Dales of North Yorkshire were other influences. I feel I have a natural affinity with the wild northern landscapes. The tough squat farms and barns and the ribbon roads over the moorland are often a feature of my work.”