Norton was born in Peoria, IL, and earned his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. He currently lives in Statesboro, GA, where he is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities and is a Professor of Art in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University. Norton's work has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries in New York, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, California, Georgia, and Montana. Norton has worked with several established artists, including Nancy Rubins, Santi Moix, James Nares, and Frank Stella, through preparatory work as well as being a consultant. In addition to published work, Norton has a US Patent for a painting technique.