Norma is a member of the Plain Arts Society and the Salisbury Group of Artists. She took up painting after retiring and learned to make marks using only a knife and acrylics at Stephen Foster’s workshops in the New Forest. Her painting ‘High Summer’ was awarded the Edwin Young Trophy in 2012 at the Summer Exhibition of the Salisbury Group of Artists.
She frequently exhibits at local venues in Wiltshire and, while a member of the Army Arts Society, exhibited in Westminster, London, as part of the Remembrance Day Services. In July several of her seascapes were on show at the SGA Exhibition at Arundells, Sir Edward Heath’s former home in Salisbury Cathedral Close.
Norma has regularly submitted artworks to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and her painting ‘Endgame’ was selected for display in 2017. In June both artist and painting featured in the BBC 2 documentary about the curating of the annual RA Exhibition (Norma’s fifteen minutes of fame!). More recently she has taken up animal portraiture in soft pastels, to the delight of her puppy, cat and guinea-pig owning friends and family.
Norma, who lives in Fovant, Wiltshire, is the great granddaughter of Alfred Pollentine, the 19th Century landscape painter.