Jim Norton, CA
Jim Norton was born with a paint brush in his hand and a pigeon perched on his shoulder. His teenage years were spent taking art classes and playing high school football and basketball. He spent most of his life in the western states, but claims Wyoming as home, where he is building a cabin studio.
His education in the field of art began as a youngster watching his grandfather, Earl Fausett, paint in his basement studio. Jim continued his art education at Western Wyoming College and Brigham Young University. He has furthered his informal education by traveling to museums in Russia, Canada and the United States.
“If you want to be a great artist, you can learn from the masters themselves and the museums are full of them.” Jim was invited to become a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1989. At the 2010 CAA show Jim received the Stetson CAA Award for his body of work and a Gold Medal for Oil Painting for The Lifetime.
Source: Cowboy Artists of America
The Pony Express
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Bronze | 15”h x 10”w x 4”d; Edition #31 of 35
On April 3, 1860, with 80 expert riders, 400 horses, and 190 relay stations the Pony Express began delivering messages, newspapers and mail. Every Wednesday and Saturday, one rider would leave at noon from Sacramento heading east while another would leave at 8:00am from St. Joseph heading west. Riders covered 75 to 100 miles per day, averaging 8 miles per hour. Every 10-12 mile, horses would be exchanged at a relay station. Its payload was 20 pounds and letters were tucked into a Mexican saddle bag, a mochila. When the Transcontinental Telegraph Line was completed on October 21, 1861, the need for the Pony Express was eliminated. As a result, its service ended on November 20, 1861, having covered 591,501 miles and delivered 30,700 pieces of mail.
Trouble at the Old Homestead
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Oil (2005) | Image Size: 30”h x 46”w; Framed Size: 40.25”h x 56”w
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Oil (2005) | Image Size: 24”h x 36”w; Framed Size: 34.25”h x 46.25”w
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Oil | Image Size: 9”h x 12”w; Framed Size: 17.25”h x 20 1/8”w
A Shared Fire
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Oil | Image Size: 36”h x 52”w; Framed Size: 49.25”h x 65.25”w
Indian with Fur Hat and Feathers
Artist: Jim Norton, CADescription: Charcoal | Image Size: 9”w x 12”h; Framed Size: 18.5”w x 21.5”h