Derek Norman was born and educated in England, where he developed a lifelong love of wildflowers. Simultaneous with a career in advertising and marketing, Norman brought his skills as a designer and draughtsman to painting wildflowers. Today he is the principal of The Midwest Center for Botanical Documentation and is devoted to graphically documenting the native flora of Illinois and the Midwest. Among his many awards is a gold medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for his pen and ink drawings of the urban flora of the Midwest. In addition to pen and ink drawings and studies of native flora, Norman does watercolor and oil paintings of a broad range of botanical and horticultural subjects. His illustrations appear regularly in Midwestern newspapers. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.