Jay Norris was born overseas. She later grew up in the Intermountain West and has lived in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband and family for nearly 20 years.


Jay cannot remember a time when she didn't enjoy art. Her grandmother encouraged the family to explore their artistic loves.  She grew up enjoying the mountains, skiing, and exploring with photography. 


Jay began studying the art of acrylic painting in 2004.  She attended courses at the Valerie Snyder Art Studio in Colorado, and has studied under the instruction of Michael Carroll, professional artist from Littleton. She first explored painting a wide range of subjects, but over time realized that her passion in painting often involved mountain scenery, skiing, and beautiful places in Colorado and Europe.  She enjoys trying out new techniques, textures, and color combinations to keep things fresh and interesting.

Jay has participated in several juried Colorado art festivals as well as local, national, and international art exhibits. She also teaches art lessons seasonally. She enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Mike, and spending time with her growing family in Colorado. Her family has a love for art, sports, and music and they are very supportive of her artistic endeavors. Mike  will often carry her supplies to the top of a mountain trail so Jay can spend the day doing what she loves--acrylic painting.