Norma Inman earned a degree in art education at the University of Kentucky. She taught art in the public schools of Ohio and Indiana, and after moving to Cookeville, she was an adjunct art teacher at Tennessee Tech University. She has continued painting through the years, with many commissioned works, exhibits and awards to her credit.
Inman’s work has no limits in subject matter: landscapes, still lifes, people, animals, illustrations of stories, and experimental paintings with found materials for unexpected textures. Her work has been described as imaginative and childlike with a touch of fantasy. Ranging from wonderfully decorative, as seen in "Profusion," to whimsy that makes the viewer smile, as in "Old Woman in the Shoe," Inman’s paintings are among the favorites of collectors in this region.