Nora Beck is a musicologist and artist, and teaches music at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in Italian medieval music and its connection to visual art. Beck studied painting with Antonio Postacchini in Bologna, Italy. She is inspired by the work of Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) and her aunt Rosemarie Beck (1923-2003). Nora drew the cover art and illustrations for her book Fiammetta.