Zoe Elizabeth Norman | ArtGallery.co.uk
2015 SAA Artist of the Year - Best Professional within Flowers or Gardens
2015 Nurseryman's Award presented by Adrian Bloom for
2000 Lady Magazine Watercolour Competition First Place in the Lady Magazine's watercolour competition
1999 SAA Artist of the Year Highly Commended for 'Diane's Ballet Shoes'
BTEC Diploma Botanical Illustration with distinction
Zoe Elizabeth Norman
My botanical and floral paintings are painted directly from nature, and my garden which is jam packed with favourite cottage garden plants, provides me with valuable subject matter. My still life paintings feature vintage china, white lace and butterflies. I have been a professional illustrator for over twenty years painting still life, flowers and animals in a detailed colourful style using watercolours. I have had over 150 images reproduced as stationary, calendars and greeting cards for many well known publishers and hold a diploma with distinction in Botanical Illustration. I have had three one woman exhibitions at Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Assembly House and The Gallery, Wymondham. Over the last few years I have moved towards figurative works in oils, acrylics and pastels using more impressionistic techniques. I am particularly inspired by the natural world and love travelling and walking in the countryside. I enjoy painting on location, outdoors which allows me to soak up the atmosphere of a place and this helps when I get home and paint larger more complex works from the same location. As quite a solitary person, my landscape tend to be void of too much human reference instead I like to capture the raw essence of the natural world sometimes inhabiting my paintings with native wildlife. I am always striving to capture the light and beauty that moved me to paint my subject. I have recently been working on a series of garden and water lily paintings inspired by my recent visits to Monet's Garden at Giverny. Monet's water lily garden has had a profound effect on my work and I have been obsessively trying to capture it's tranquil beauty and colour in paint. I have been especially influenced by such artists as John Waterhouse, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt and Erin Hanson because I admire their use of light and colour and their ability to capture the mood and atmosphere in a scene.