A longtime designer, television producer, creative directior, adjunct instructor, lecturer and faculty advisor at Columbia College, Chicago, and for the past ten years as an adjunct instructor at the Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, where he teaches a range of botanical art based classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
Co-author (with Ursel Norman, his wife) and designer/illustrator of six cookbooks (William Morrow, New York and Harper/Collins London), and several newspaper columns - Look & Cook (Pioneer Press), Greenfingers (Chicago Tribunte), Woodland Wildflowers, Plants at a Glance (Pioneer Press) and Prairie Plants (Pioneer Press).
Founder, Director of the Midwest Center for Botanical Documentation, a not-for-profit visual archive of the native flora of Illinois and the Midwest. A member of the American Society of Botanical Artists Board since 2007, where he currently serves as President and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society and the Institute of Analytical Plant Illustration.
A recipient of many design and professional awards, his graphic works, paintings and drawings have been exhibited in Europe and America.
Botanical exhibitions include one man exhibits - Inspired by Aldo Leopold, Wildflower Drawings and Paintings by Derek Norman (Burlington, Iowa), and Wildflowers, Grasses & Sedges, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis. Juried exhibitions include Losing Paradise - Endangered Species Here and Around the World and the ASBA/HSNY exhibitions of 2004, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, Green Currency, Plants in the Economy, New York Botanical Garden 2011, Portraits of a Garden - Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society Exhibit, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. And The Royal Horticultural Society Exhibits London (2004, '06, and '09) where he was awarded Gold and Silver Gilt medals. His work can be found in the Library of Congress, Washington, The British Museum, London, the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium.
Derek was born, bred and educated in England. He graduated from the Chester School of Art and spent a year as an exchange student in America. More recently he has studied botanical art under Ann Farrer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, England.