The first reaction I had when looking at the photos photographer Brian Goldman sent for consideration for the cover of our Spring issue was, “they look like a Norman Rockwell painting.” And you know what – lots of other people have told us the same thing. One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller.
Norman Rockwell captured our nations evolution and chronicled our changing society in ways that many people might overlook. He took the small details of ordinary people in everyday life and portrayed our American identity in images that are “of and for us.”
As his son and renowned sculptor, Peter Rockwell, has stated “his stories in pictures remind us to believe in ourselves, honor the past, embrace the future and see ourselves with warmth and compassion.” The images of Norman Rockwell have certainly found a permanent place in our collective American hearts.