Jennie Norris grew up in Fairhaven/New Bedford Massachusetts and moved to Tucson, Arizona when she was 14 years old. Coming from a very artistic family where art was ever present and highly encouraged.
Although she started drawing at a very young age, it wasn’t until her mid 30’s when she started college to pursue a degree in Graphic Design that she realized how passionate she was about art and drawing. After graduating with a degree in Graphic Art she secured a full time job at a reputable gift and stationery company doing product development, design and illustration where she is still employed.
For several years after college she continued to take fine art classes at Pima Community College and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute experimenting in many mediums and styles. She recently went back to graphite as her medium of choice. “ This is the medium I am most passionate about, it always draws me back to it “. Working in layers from the hardest grade to the softest grade of pencil she spends long hours capturing texture, mood and feeling in detailed drawings of life, nature and anything else that inspires her.
“ I am in the process of creating a full body of work to represent myself with“.
She has begun to enter art shows and competitions and is in search of gallery representation.
Highlights and Awards
2009 - My Pygmy Owl drawing was accepted into an exhibition at Sundust Gallery, Mesa Arizona.
2009 -I won the International Artists Magazine contest" Draw Harley Browns last photo" My drawing was published in the August/September, # 68 issue of International Artists Magazine.
2009 - "Prickley Pear Bloom" was accepted in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Juried Art Show, a Closer Look at Cactus & Succulents
2009 - Glendale Arts Council, 46th Annual Juried Fine Arts Competition:
Pencil / Ink category
• Awarded 1st place for "Pygmy Owl"
• Awarded 2nd place for " Horse with No Name"
2003 - Pima County Fair Fine Arts:
• Awarded Best of Category – Pencil
• Awarded 1st place - pencil
• Awarded 2nd place – pencil
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute:
• Invited to hang a drawing in a traveling show at the Tucson International Airport Gallery.
• Requested use of a drawing on post cards, newsletter, and signage to represent an artists exhibition