Norman Key, a native Texan was born in Houston in 1951. Starting at an early age, the love of art and a natural talent was recognized by family and friends. The heritage of art had been passed down from both his mother and father who were also artist, his mother's mother and father and his great grandfather who was an artist from Europe. On his father side the Key's have also been represented as artists as well, dating back as far as John Ross Key. So becoming an artist was more or less a destiny to be fulfilled and a heritage to be continued.
Norman began using pastels as a medium mostly because of his mother, who used pastels to draw still life. But growing up and his love for travel to the mountain and rivers, he found that pastels couldn't convey the magnitude of the great West as well as oil could. Now his favorite medium is acrylics which reflects the vivid colors in the dynamic landscapes he loves to paint. From the deep canyons of the Rio Grande to the snow covered mountains of Canada, to the majestic rivers of the American West, Norman conveys these images on canvas giving the viewer a splendid view of God's creation. Cowboys and the Old West are also a favorite artistic subject for Norman. He remembers his grandfather's (Pappy Key) stories of the cattle drives from Cotulla, Texas to Ft. Worth, Texas in the early 1900's. Several of Norman's works represent his grandfather's memories including cowboys sitting around the campfires, cattle drives, and stagecoaches and wagons traveling across Texas.
For 45 years Norman has painted, and provided many paintings for private collections. As a part-time commercial artist in the offshore oil industry, Norman has had his work represented on company brochures and on the cover of the January 1999 issue of Offshore Magazine, a worldwide publication. Norman now paints from his studio on his small ranch in Crockett, Texas.
“Art represents time and place, past, present, and future, your mind is the mode of transportation!!”