Norman Stewart is a descendent of the Yorta Yorta and Kwat Kwat people. His connection to country is through his Great, Great Grandfather, Bagot Morgan, who originated from Cummeragunja NSW and his great, great grandfather Tommy McCrae, who has been recognised for ink sketches.
He originated from around the area where Corowa/Wahgunyah is today; this is known as Kwat Kwat country. As a relative newcomer to the arts, Norm initially dabbled in different mediums including clay, wood carvings, acrylic and watercolour paintings. ‘My style can be a bit vast at times and quite vivid. At first I began painting in the Aboriginal style, then attempted portraiture and landscape paintings. This then encouraged me to broaden my knowledge of the arts.’ In 2013, Norm enrolled formally at Deakin University in the visual arts stream for one year. This helped him with the finer points of painting and strengthened his style and technique.
Currently working to support Aboriginal youth services, Norm paints as often as he can in his spare time, for personal enjoyment and self-expression.