Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894), the second son of businessman Jarvis Waring and Ann Mary (Hill) Rockwell, showed his talent from the beginning. In fact, Rockwell remembered his first sketches as drawings of warships from the Spanish-American war. His father enjoyed reading various literary masterpieces aloud to his family, especially the works of classic author Charles Dickens. Young Norman would attentively listen as he sketched the characters.
Rockwell’s years at the Art Students League proved fruitful for the young painter/illustrator. At the tender age of sixteen, and still a student at the Art Students League, he painted his first commission of four Christmas cards. The following year he accepted his first real job as an artist illustrating the “Tell me Why Stories,” a series of children’s books.
Following his success with the “Tell Me Why Series,” Rockwell moved to New Rochelle, New York and set up a studio with cartoonist Clyde Forsythe. He began freelancing his services to magazines such as “Life,” “Literary Digest” and “County Gentleman.” As his portfolio grew, so did his confidence in his artwork. In 1916 the 22 year-old Rockwell married his first wife, teacher Irene O’Connor. Their marriage ended in 1928.
The 1930s proved to be an amazing decade for Rockwell. In 1930 he married Mary Barstow. The couple moved to Arlington, Vermont and had three sons together: Jarvis, Thomas and Peter. Through the years, Rockwell’s renditions of Americana appeared all over the world.
July 1976 brought Rockwell’s last published work, the cover of “American Artist.” He painted himself draping a “Happy Birthday” banner on the Liberty Bell in observance of the Fourth of July and the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. In 1977 President Gerald R. Ford presented Rockwell with the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
On November 8, 1978 Norman Rockwell died in his Stockbridge home at the age of 84, leaving an unfinished painting on his easel.
A lot of his paintings and illustrations were made in to jigsaw puzzles, and you can enjoy popular themes like 'Swimming', 'Sporting', and famous illustrations like 'The Runaway', 'The Saturday Evening Post', 'Christmas', 'Liberty' in 500 to 1000 piece puzzles.