Norman was born in Berkshire in 1949. He studied Art & Design at Bristol before qualifying as a teacher, a career he pursued until 1987 when he turned his hand to painting professionally. In between his years of teaching, Norman travelled extensively in India and the Far East, eventually settling in Western Australia where he lived and worked for three years.
Over the last 30 years, Norman has had many successful solo exhibitions throughout the UK. A member of the Pastel Society, his work has been shown regularly at the Mall Galleries. His paintings are in collections in Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and America.