Jim Norton ( b. 1953 )
Jim Norton was raised in Wyoming and grew up watching his grandfather paint in his basement studio. He showed an early aptitude for art and attended Brigham Young University for a short period. However, the greatest advice he received was from an instructor who told him to constantly paint, paint, paint. Having had some difficulty finding work as an artist, Norton worked as a food broker while his wife taught school. He continued to paint and eventually was able to quit his job to paint full time.
Norton’s big break came in 1989, when he was invited to become a member of the Cowboy Artists of America. He has also travelled extensively to Europe to study in depth the techniques of the Old Master painters. His work continues to be highly sought after by collectors all over the country, and his accolades are impressive, having won three gold medals and six silver medals for best oil painting at the Cowboy Artists of America Annual Show and Sale.