John Barstow Norman Jr.

John Norman

Title: Graphic Designer, Educator & Author
Company: Hartsel Fly Fishing Ranch
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

John Barstow Norman Jr., Graphic Designer, Educator and Author at Hartsel Fly Fishing Ranch, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in graphic design, higher education and writing.

With more than 55 years of professional experience, Mr. Norman is a prominent artist whose expertise has been showcased in several career areas, including graphic design, higher education and writing. A designer and developer at Hartsel Fly Fishing Ranch since 2000, he has also been serving as a longtime designer and consultant for the Rocky Mountain Bank Note Company since 1971. An esteemed professional, he also spent the bulk of his career as an educator at the University of Denver, having been an associate professor from 1978 to 1994, an assistant professor from 1973 to 1978, and an instructor in the art department from 1969 to 1973. Prior to these illustrious roles, he acted as an art director for Hallmark Cards, Inc., an assistant instructor for the University of Kansas, and a designer and illustrator for Advertising Design during the 1960s.

Mr. Norman is the author of the 2016 book, “Flashbacks: An Artist’s Memoir of Alien Abductions, Native Spirits and Enlightenment,” which can be purchased on He has been considered a pioneer in the study of UFOs and other dimensions since 1980. When he isn’t busy writing, he showcases his artwork at several collections, having been represented in permanent collections across the nation and traveling exhibitions both domestically and internationally. His work has additionally been featured in the Denver Post, Electric City Magazine, Rocky Mountain News and the Douglas County Press, among others.

As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Norman has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. The recipient of the Silver Medal Award from the New York International Film and Video Competition in 1976, he also received dozens of awards from the Art Directors Club of Denver between 1974 and 1989, including multiple gold medals. Having been legally blind in his left eye since the age of 9, he also developed a patent for a fishing rod holder for the disabled angler, which has won him numerous awards throughout his vocation.

Married to Roberta Jeanne Martin since 1967, Mr. Norman is the proud father of two children and enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time. Notably, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas.

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