Norma Jean Moore’s earliest memories of engaging in art consists of drawing peacocks and opening the 64 Crayola Crayons to use as many colors as possible. She was in her mid-twenties by the time her formal training of art began. Her work focused on the replication of seen color using oil paints, and the exploration of textures with drawing pencils on various paper surfaces. In 1984, she completed a bachelors of art education (BAE) from the University of New Mexico. For the next 24 years she would work in the public schools teaching art and English as a Second Language.

 

In 1990, she took a five year break from teaching and found her first studio, away from the kitchen table, at the Guadalupe Annex, San Antonio, Tx. Issues of home and homelessness came to the forefront of her work due to the encounters with the homeless in route to the studio. During this time she continued her education by completing her Masters of Art Education (MAE) from Texas Tech at Junction.

 

Norma is an avid hiker and now finds her inspiration on the ground. Her ground-scapes explore the surface textures and colors of water, rocks, and plants. She finds the perspective of looking at the ground much more intimate and complex than traditional panoramic scenes. There is a quiet dynamic force always present on the ground.

 

She has won several awards for her work. These include: Gumbacher Incorporated Distinguished Recognition for Painting from UTSA, Art Matters Foundation, New York, New York and The Serie Print Project, Coronado Studio, Austin Texas and Best of Painting Southwest School of Art. 

 

Norma Jean Moore's art has been purchased by private collectors and can be seen in the collections of Mexic-Arte, Art Museum of South Texas, Institute for Latin Studies-Note Dame, and Capital One.