Robert R. Norman is a renowned artist based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. With a career spanning several decades, he has made a significant impact on the arts community. Robert is the founder of Roadside Rustics, the country's first sassafras log rustic furniture company, which sold furniture coast to coast and was featured in over 100 publications. He later created Woodzy, his final rustic furniture company with his wife Suzanne, before retiring from furniture creation to focus on art. Today, he can be found creating new works live at Studio 34, where he is a founding artist.
Robert's new project, The Sketch It Project, features ink and watercolor paintings of every house and shop inside the city limits of Eureka Springs. He also takes commission for house portraits from anywhere in the world. Robert is dedicated to preserving the history of Eureka Springs through his art, including illustrations of the first two Flatiron Buildings that were lost to fire.
His artistic achievements include being named artist of the year by the local Chamber of Commerce, being the Grand Marshal for the Artrageous Parade, winning the May Festival of the Arts poster contest, and being the illustrator and graphic artist behind many event posters in Eureka Springs, including the Ozark Mountain Music Festival and the 75th annual Eureka Springs Folk Festival. Robert has also taught classes at Crystal Bridges and the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and created a commissioned art installation at the Crystal Bridges American Museum of Art.
For a closer look at Robert's work, stop by Studio 34 at 34 North Main Street in downtown Eureka Springs. There, you can find a selection of Robert's original works, prints, furniture, and T-shirts featuring his most popular designs. Robert typically works at the studio on Thursdays and Fridays.