Normand is a retired 66-year-old former insurance executive and self-taught amateur photographer. His experience in photography began with film in the 1980’s while residing in New Jersey. Moving into the digital photography format has enhanced the creative element. Now able to print his own photographs, the editing process has enabled Normand to better synchronize the view-through-the-lens with the finished product. His subject matter is diverse, but is devoted mostly to New England scenes, especially landscapes and seascapes. Lighthouses, barns and covered bridges attract the most attention. Using lighting, shadows, composition and shot angle, the purpose behind each photo is to capture the essence of the subject, whether this requires the use of color, or black and white.
While residing in New Jersey, 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. Recent awards include: second place in the landscapes category for “Covered Bridge Graffiti” in the Lyme Land Trust Photo Contest; and the cover photo for the South County (RI) Health 2017 calendar competition. As a member of the Manchester Art Association, his photos have twice been selected in the Artist of the Month competition. Recent exhibits and shows include: the Arts Center East (Vernon); The Spectrum Gallery (Centerbrook); 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) and Glastonbury’s On the Green art show.