Rockwell was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States, where Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades.

“Rockwell painted the American dream - better than anyone.”   – Steven Spielberg

He is called an "illustrator" instead of a fine artist by some critics, a designation he did not mind, as it was what he called himself.

“The only difference between a fine artist and an illustrator is that the latter can draw, eats three square meals a day, and can afford to pay for them.” 
– James Montgomery Flagg

Today, Rockwell himself is recognized as an icon with such timeless phrases as:

 “It is as American as apple pie, baseball and Norman Rockwell.”