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Joseph B. Nordmann was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1922, moving later with his parents to Ohio. His early interests were drawing, playing musical instruments and science. Science won out and he attended Bowling Green State University, obtaining a B.S. degree in chemistry. Following this, he obtained a Masterís Degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Southern California. Since 1943, California has been his home. He owned and operated the first environmental analytical laboratories in California. During WWII, he was employed as a chemist in defense related jobs. Nordmann was nationally honored for teaching and is the author of college chemistry texts as well as articles on art.
He began oil painting as a hobby in 1949 with private lessons from California
impressionist Paul Conner, a great plein-air painter. Later, he studied with the
renowned artist Nicolai Fechin and still later with Charles Movalli, Edward N.
Ward and Van Waldron. After retiring from chemistry teaching in 1978, he became
a full time artist. In 1984 he moved to the Monterey Peninsula where he
continues his painting career. He has taught painting, conducted outdoor
workshops and performed numerous painting demonstrations. Most of Nordmannís
work is done out of doors. He is noted for his impressionistic rendering of
buildings and his fine renderings of the California landscape.