Artist Biography of Norman F. Simms
Norman F. Simms was born in Washington DC in the year 1956. After graduating from Art Instructions Schools in 1975, he pursued a passion for fine art at Murray State University. He graduated from the Washington School for Drafting Technology, earning a diploma, the Center for Degree Studies earning, an Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, and the University of Maryland, receiving a Bachelor’s degree.
For many years Norman worked for large corporations creating technical drawings and illustrations for systems and product development. Feeling the need to express himself beyond the commercial industrial arena he completed his Masters degree in Fine Arts, Painting at the Academy of Art, in 2012.
Norman creates dynamic oil and pastel paintings that are commissioned and gallery represented. In 2011 his oil painting “The Artist and his Model” was awarded the Palmer Award for Excellence at the Trenton City Museum. In 2009 his pastel paintings were featured in “The Best of America Pastel Artist & Artisans”. He is published in the book, "Important World Artists Vol. I", 2013 along with a profile in Who's Who in America.
Norman is a member of the Portrait Society of America, The Pastel Society of America, Oil Painters of America, Artists of Yardley and Artists of Bristol. Norman lives in Fairless Hills, PA teaching group and private art lessons. While exhibiting regionally in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York City the artist has also published two books, Portrait and Nude Painting & Philosophies and Interview between the Jackass and the Artist. He is working on a third book, Drawing Your Feeling estimated for publication in 2015.