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Low Tide Exe Estuary
Michael Norman has had no formal art education and worked as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor until early retirement in 1995. During this period he spent any available spare time he had drawing and painting, attending evening classes and weekend courses.

Upon retirement he was able to devote the bulk of his time to painting, initially in oils and watercolours. In the late 90’s he started painting in pastels and has continued with this medium ever since.

Michael lives and works in Exmouth. The Exe estuary provides a wealth of inspiration for his paintings as well as the rest of the South West and further afield.

Venetian Facade II
He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK in 2007 and the South West Academy in 2013. He has won various awards including one at the South West Academy exhibition in 2004 and also awards at the Pastel Society exhibitions in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He has featured in various publications including feature articles in the French magazine Pratique des Arts and more recently in the Pastel Journal of America.

He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including those held at Walker Galleries, Honiton; Southampton City Art Gallery; Mercer Gallery, Harrogate; Martins Gallery, Cheltenham; Yvonne Arnoud Gallery, Guildford and Gallery LeFort in Bath.

He has also had various solo exhibitions including those in Walker Galleries, John Noott Gallery, Broadway; Gallery LeFort, Bath and Martins Gallery, Cheltenham.

Basilica San Marco Venice
Lawrences Bay St Martins
Santa Maria Dela Salute
Evening Polperro
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