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Norman Smith

Further Education: Studied Art and Design at Bristol - Qualified as teacher 1970

Painting: Started painting full-time 1987

Works from: Barn Studio, Childrey


Born in 1949, I was brought up in Berkshire and as a student studied Art and Design in Bristol, which led to a teaching qualification. In 1974 my wife Iona and I travelled overland to India and the Far East and on to Australia where I taught for three years. I returned to teach in England, before deciding to paint full-time in 1987.

I live and work in Oxfordshire with a studio on the edge of the Downs. My work is predominantly pastel, a medium which is suited to the use of strong and gentle colour to depict the changing moods of the landscape. My technique is to apply solid patches of pure colour in thick layers that create a heavy textured effect, treating this medium much like oil paint.

Coastal and marine subjects attract me greatly as these offer different challenges, a tremendous variety of colour and constant movement. Recently, I have reassessed my approach by concentrating on new and restricted palettes, together with an attempt to develop a stronger more vibrant image. This has led to the greater use of oils as a medium to further this approach.

I am a member of the Pastel Society and a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries in London, winning the Longley Prize in 1999. In 2000, I was the winner of the Inscribe Prize and in 2001 won the Thompson's Gallery Award