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Artist Norma Burke was born in Newcastle, but now lives at Whitley Bay, on the North East coast.

Since she retired from teaching a few years ago, she's had the opportunity to indulge in her love of art.

She walks on the nearby beach with her dog most days and says she is massively inspired by the sight, sound and smell of the sea.

"The colours and mood of the ever-changing waves and light are a constant inspiration for my work."

She paints mainly in acrylic on canvas, which give versatility in the vibrancy of the colour but also the texture, which can be built up to give more depth

Her time outdoors also gives her the chance to pursue another hobby....collecting sea glass, which she transforms the pieces into cute sculptural sea glass pictures and tealight holders.

See more of her work below.

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