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Norman Clayton

Oil Painting

Norm was born in the UK moving to Australia in 2001. Norm became interested in art twelve years ago and started using oil paints six years ago, now his favourite medium.

He concentrates mostly on landscapes and enjoys painting Plein air (outdoors on location). This is a great way to get a feel for the scale, colour and mood of a
location, something a photo rarely gives. Norm feels the Plein air process is intuitive, (see it and paint it before the light changes too much) and the knowledge gained is invaluable when painting similar scenes in the studio later.

Norm’s favourite area to paint is the valleys on the Eastern fall of the Great Dividing Range. In addition to Jester Hill Wines, Norm’s work is displayed locally at Hidden Creek Winery, Ballandean; and Queensland College of Wine and Tourism, Stanthorpe.

Norm normally uses a fold-up box easel into which paints and brushes can be stored. For lightweight trips, he has built several pochade boxes which can be used on the knee, table, or camera tripod. If time allows he will demonstrate how he approaches Plein air painting.

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