Painting can be a healing process for a war veteran. The art of Norm Bergsma is stunning and working on the many different emotions and memories experienced during that war. To view more of his work and to order prints: incountryart.com
Norm is a native of the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Burlington, Washington where he maintains a studio and his business headquarters.
Norm was drafted into the U.S. Army in the summer of 1968 and was stationed at Fort Lewis for basic training. In March of 1969 he went to Vietnam and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, headquartered in Cu Chi. His tour of duty took him to War Zone C with the 3/22nd regulars operating out of Tay Ninh.
Norm is painting an ongoing series about his experiences in Vietnam that visually express one man’s journey through Post Traumatic Stress and the struggle to come to terms with war and its aftermath of combat. Norm credits Jesus Christ with the inspiration to paint and the healing it has brought him. It is his sincere desire to share some of his divine healing with others through his paintings.
Norm and Kathy work with the “American Veterans Traveling Tribute” (AVTT) exhibiting Norm’s paintings with the Traveling Wall. You can check their schedule to see when they’ll be in your area by visiting the AVTT website here: http://www.avtt.org
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