‘In 1984 Norman received a letter from the Mall Galleries asking if he would like to help in the fund raising campaign to send the Olympic team to  Los Angeles. 

Artists were informed that paintings could be of any sporting event, so Norman chose Three Day Eventing and Motocross.  He painted in oils a rider on his bike completely covered in mud, and an equestrian portrait of HRH’s Princess Anne riding her horse Doublet. 

Both paintings were accepted and Norman and his wife Doreen were invited to a private viewing of all entries where they met many

celebrities of the sporting world. It was announced that Princess Anne had accepted the presidency of the fundraising, so it was agreed it would be a nice gesture to offer her Royal Highness the painting, which she accepted with thanks. 

Norman and Doreen delivered the painting to Buckingham Palace where it was accepted into the Princess Anne’s private collection.


Thank you letter from Buckingham Palace

As a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Norman entered consecutively for 16 years at the annual exhibition at the Westminster Gallery, Central Hall, London. 

Competing against 700 other entries from around the world, he won the Founder President’s Honour Award for the best picture in the Flowers and Gardens exhibition.

The award was presented by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.


‘Two Puppies’ painting picked up for a front cover for a veterinary magazine and tote bag courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel’s publishing agency. They also commissioned four paintings to go into print which can be viewed and purchased from here.

In April 2004, Norman received a letter from The Biographical Centre in Cambridge informing him that he had been selected to be included in the inaugural edition of ‘The Cambridge Blue Book’.

This is a dictionary of international biography that will be published and distributed throughout the world in late 2005, with copies to be held in the leading libraries of the world including the Library on Congress in Washington D.C and the British Library in London.

Harvest - Winner of the Presidents Honour 2000

Grapes Provence - Winner of the Presidents Honour 2004