Discovering The Yorkshire Dales. The Watercolors of the late 1950's.

In 1956 Norman and his wife Anna travelled to the Yorkshire dales. They fell in love with the landscape and were lucky to buy a small cottage in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This cottage was to become their main residence and studio for most of his working life.
For the first few years Norman taught in London during the winters, and spent the summers painting in Yorkshire. During these summers Norman would leave home early and walk up onto the moors. He would spend long days painting, and return in the evening, rather like a modern day commuter in the south east of England. At the end of the summer of 1958 he referred to his summer in Yorkshire as being 'like a happy childhood'. During this period he developed his talent as a landscape painter.

1956, Trees in Snow.

1956, Pen-Y-Ghent covered in snow.
The view form the front of Norman's cottage in Horton.

1956, Afternoon - Feeling of Autmn.
The view east from Horton, showing Ingleborough in the distance

1956, Thunder Clouds - Ribblesdale.
View East from the front of Norman's cottage.

1958, Sad Weather.

1958, Moorland Study.

1959, untitled.
This is a very early flower painting by Norman. Later he painted many watercolors of flowers.

1956, Trees at Douk Ghyll.
Douk Ghyll, tributary of the Ribble, flows out a a cave surrounded by trees near Horton. It is a very beautiful place, also painted by Turner.