Jim C. Norton was born with a paint brush in his hand and a pigeon perched on his shoulder. His teenage years were spent taking art classes and playing high school football and basketball. He spent most of his life in the Western states, but claims Wyoming, where he is currently building a cabin studio, as home.
His education in the field of art began as a young child watching his grandfather, Earl Fausett, paint in his basement studio. Jim continued his art education at Western Wyoming College and Brigham Young University. He has furthered his informal education by traveling to museums in Russia, Canada, and the United States.
“If you want to be a great artist, you can learn from the masters themselves, and the museums are full of them,” he said.
Jim was invited to become a CAA member in 1989. At the 2010 show he received the Stetson CAA Award for his body of work and the Gold Medal for Oil Painting for The Lifeline.
He resides with his wife, Pam, and their four children in Santaquin, Utah.