Pontormo VII, 1990

Pastel on Paper


Norma Dyson Rogers


Norma Dyson Rogers, a native of Massachusetts, lived most of her adult life in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In her fifties, after raising six children, she attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she took studio and art history classes. She had an intensive summer of studio work at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In 1991, she was named Winston-Salem Artist of the Year by the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art in recognition of her artistic excellence and her long history of support for the arts in Winston-Salem.

Pontormo VII is a part of Rogers’ “Old Masters” series, where she recreates individuals from old master paintings as a form of homage. In her words, she “follows their vision with my medium, technique, and twentieth century sensibility.” Pontormo, Velasquez, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli and Vermeer are some of the painters she has followed this way, altering the original colors and compositional design but preserving the spirit of the individuals portrayed.

During the 1980’s, Rogers exhibited regularly in the Art on Paper shows at the Weatherspoon Gallery and in the Henley Southeastern Spectrum shows, where she won Best in Show in 1981. She exhibited and participated in juried shows in Winston-Salem, High Point, Charlotte, Raleigh, Salisbury, Carrboro, and at Wake Forest University and Salem College.