We are happy to introduce Tuscan Breeze, the second fabric collection by Norman Wyatt, Jr. (his first collection, Earthtones, was a sensational success). We felt it was time to get to know Norman a little, and he was happy to answer some questions for us.
I would describe my overall style of artwork as eclectic. I am influenced by so many things.... I would say, more than anything , my spiritual relationship with God has given me an ever-flowing source of ideas and concepts, from nature, to fashion to architecture. I am always absorbing new ideas.
When did you start drawing/painting? What is your favorite medium to use?
I remember seeing a picture of three roses I had drawn for my Mother at the age of three, so I guess I've been creating artwork since I could hold a pencil. My favorite medium is acrylic paints. They dry fast and allow me to add multiple layers.
Did you have any vision of how your fabrics might be used? Have you worked in textiles prior to working with P&B?
Since I also have passion for fashion, I would love to see my fabrics evolve into a wide range of clothing items. I have plans to develop my own line of bowties, since my two sons and I frequently wear them. I actually have been known to add fabric to my canvases for my gallery work.
Here’s what we did with Norman’s fabric.
Download free pattern here
In what kind of environment do you like to work? Does it include music?
I like to paint in my at-home studio, where I can step out in the yard to get a breath of fresh air and look around , hear the birds singing. While painting, I usually listen to a mix of melancholy classical, jazz, or instrumental arrangements. The calming music is a perfect balance to all of the creative ideas in my head.
Well, I recently have been privileged to have a line of bedding, bath, and other accessories developed from my artwork/designs. My future goal is to become an overall brand name, covering all matters of home decor, wall decor, textiles, rugs, fashion, furniture, etc. I love it all.
Here is another project we created for the collection.
Over the years, I have become a landscaping novice. I started as just trying to keep the grass cut, but the creative juices kicked in. Now, on a beautiful day, I have to force myself go inside to paint. Landscaping is very therapeutic.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go next?
In July I was able to take my wife and three kids to the Bahamas for a week. The experience was so breathtaking; I would love to go back. Anywhere tropical or coastal would be great, as long as I'm with the family!