“Nature's beauty is there before us to be captured and reinterpreted.
I thank God for His precious gift that allows me to do so.”
Norma Jean Rollet
Norma Jean Rollet was born Norma Theresa Jean in Gardner, Massachusetts the third of seven children. She discovered her love of art in the eighth grade and continued with drawing and painting through high school. Norma met two individuals during that time who had a profound influence on her. Kenneth Lovejoy taught oil painting to a small group of mixed age students one night a week. He taught her to see within a color the combination of hues that define the color. From that understanding came an ability to mix any color desired and opened the world of representational painting to her. Mary Dunn was her high school art teacher and encouraged her to experiment with different mediums. She accepted no less than Norma's best and pushed her to excel.
Working as a waitress after school and adding stitching custom cushions at a local manufacturing company during summer days Norma was able to pay her way to attend New England School of Art and Design in Boston Massachusetts, majoring in graphic design. Though her dream was to be a fine artist, a steady income in the graphic design profession was more realistic. In 1983 she moved to Vermont to head up the publications office of Middlebury College and in 1985 married Tim R. Rollet. Two grown children later and an expanding family, she cherishes visits from her son Joshua and his wife Cait, and her daughter Kelsey and grandson Kylan. Norma has spent over 35 years working in newspaper, manufacturing and academic venues. She has designed corporate identity programs, numerous publications, and various print and promotional materials. She has also illustrated in pen & ink and watercolors for national publications and corporations. Fine art continued to be her passion.
Currently, Norma has been specializing in oil and soft pastel painting. She has studied pastel painting under Robert K. Carsten, master pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and Sean Dye, award-winning pastel artist and instructor. Norma is also an avid watercolor artist and has taken classes under Tom Lynch, one of the nation's premier watercolorists.
One could say that Norma has the perfect balance of family life and her creative endeavors and she would be quick to agree. God has been gracious to her and she hopes with His blessings she will continue to enjoy her family and create the art she loves.
Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
International Association of Pastel Societies
Appalachian Pastel Society
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 Vermont Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibit
2017, 2015 Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Exhibition
2016 Adirondack Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibit
2015 Pastel Society of American "Enduring Brillance"
2015 Degas Pastel Society Member's Exhibition
2015 Pastel Painter Society of Cape Code "For Pastels Only"
2014 Vermont Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Third Place
2015 Vermont Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Second Place
2016 Vermont Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention
2015 Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Exhibition, Fuller Foundation Award
2017 Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Exhibition,
Piscataqua Savings Bank Award