Hal Normand was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1941. He attended McLean Middle School and graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth. His art teacher in both schools was Beatrice Dunning, and from 1954 to 1959 his paintings won numerous regional Scholastic Art Awards, including two national gold medals. He also won awards in high school art competitions sponsored by the Fort Worth Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Fort Worth.
In the late 1950s, Hal was the recipient of Ted Weiner scholarships to the Fort Worth Art Center School where he studied under Bror Utter, McKie Trotter, David Brownlow, and John Chumley.
Hal attended The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1963. He majored in studio art and graphic design and studied with Loren Mozley, William Lester, Everett Spruce, Charles Umlauf, Constance Forsyth, and Ralph White.
While in college, his paintings were included in Tarrant County Annual exhibitions in Fort Worth, Texas Fine Arts Association exhibitions in Austin, and the Young America 1959 Show at Xavier University. His oil painting “Acropolis” won first prize in the Fort Worth Art Association’s Futurama exhibition judged by Otis Dozier in 1959.
After graduation, Hal moved to Dallas and worked for graphic art studios and advertising agencies until returning to Fort Worth in 1968 to work as an art director for a local agency. In 1972 he founded an independent graphic design firm, Shadetree Studio.
He taught painting at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum School in 1973 and in 1981 served as a part-time design instructor in the art department at Texas Christian University.
Hal is currently retired and lives in Fort Worth. He occasionally works on design and painting commissions. His paintings are included in the W.P McLean, Paschal High School, and University of Texas Collections and are owned by an increasing number of private collectors.