Norman was born in 1957 in Separation Point, Sandwich Bay, on the south coast of Labrador. He presently lives in the tiny nearby settlement of Paradise River, even though some years were spent in Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The outdoor wilderness lifestyle of the coastal land of his Metis ancestors has exerted a magnetic pull over this carver, woodsman and fisherman. Norman started carving in the late 1990's in wood and later expanded to stone and bone carving. A major inspiration for his work came from his relationship with his uncle, John Lethbridge, himself an expert carver of birds and other animals. The sale of his sculptures to The Birches Gallery has encouraged him to continue with his favoured themes of: fish, fishing and the traditional lifestyles of Labrador's south coast.