Normand is a retired insurance executive and self-taught amateur photographer. Starting with a Pentax K-1000 film camera his work was exhibited in the Dunellen-Green Brook, Plainfield, Raritan, and Madison Art Shows as a member of the Central New Jersey Art League. Rewards were garnered from the East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Dunellen-Green Brook show as well as local contests conducted by various sponsors. After returning to Connecticut, the advent of digital photography served to enhance the creative process. Printing his own photographs helped to achieve a finished product best capturing the qualities of the original subject. Favorite scenes are New England landscapes and seascapes. Lighthouses, barns and covered bridges attract the most attention.
Using lighting, shadows, composition and shot angle, the essence of the subject is captured in color or black and white. Recent awards include: second place in the landscapes category for Covered Bridge Graffiti in the Lyme Land Trust Photo Contest; the cover photo for the South County (RI) Health 2017 calendar competition; awarded third place in the 2017 South County Rhode Island Tourism Council’s photo contest for the photograph 3 to 6. As a member of the Manchester Art Association, his photos have been selected on three occasions in the Artist of the Month competition. Recent exhibits and shows include: Arts Center East (Vernon); The Spectrum Gallery (Centerbrook); the Essex Art Association Gallery; the National Arts Program (Capital Community College-Hartford); The Connecticut Audubon Society (Glastonbury); Imagine Main Street and Art in the Park (Manchester); Open Studio (Hartford); the Autumn Arts Festival (Madison); the Narragansett Art Festival (RI); The Essex Summer Art Festival; and Glastonbury’s On the Green art show. He was selected as Artist of the Month for July (2017) and exhibited 22 seascapes at the Aetna Headquarters Gallery in Hartford.His most recent project is entitled Be Inspired. Thirteen of his photos have been reproduced as mixed media, watercolor andetchings by members of the Manchester Art Association. He resides in Manchester with his wife and two very spoiled cats.