S. Norton Pease's multilayered figurative portrayals synthesize different traditions and genres, while playing with perceptions of identity and social order. His paintings are an accumulation of various stylistic influences which Norton uses to address political and social issues. Having engaged in subjects such as the aftermath of Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and day-to-day life with family, the work roots itself in life experiences and his understanding through illustrative means. Norton tends to use vintage children's books as source material which transforms into new meaning through contemporary context.
Norton Pease has worked with numerous artists including Nancy Rubins, James Nares and Frank Stella through preparatory work as well as being a consultant. Currently, he is Professor of Art and Graphic Design as well as the Chair of the College of Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing at Montana State University - Northern.