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Born in Devon, England, Roy was the eldest of four children. From an early age, his main interest was drawing and painting, which was recognized at an early age when he won a scholarship to the Bristol College of Art at age 11. Roy served three years in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and saw much of the world. To further his travel interests, Roy was one of a four-man party from the U.K. that traveled to Canada in 1948 to carry out a three year adventure of North America. In order to finance such travel, the four had to obtain casual employment along the way. Two of the foursome secured such financially rewarding employment that they made the decision to leave the party. Roy and Monty Alford, the latter a surveyor, continued their original objectives, reaching the Yukon and Alaska. Roy worked in both oil and watercolor mediums. Some of his first professional work was as a freelance commercial artist, and then as an advanced space concept artist for the Martin Marietta Corporation in Denver. He was best known for his paintings of the Tetons and Historical scenes depicting the settling of the West to include Native American Indians, Mountain Men and/or Pioneers. He also painted the many areas he resided in: Colorado, Arizona, California, New York, Montana, and Europe. He loved to write poetry, and tried his hand at sculpting with his one bronze titled Early Warning System. Roy participated in many art shows throughout his career, and was one of a handful of artists to be invited each year to the Wyoming Governor's Invitational Art Show, held at the Cheyenne Frontier Days - Old West Museum since its inception in 1981. He said of himself: "I paint with the same need as I eat. I paint because it is an adventure into something strange and beautiful. I paint because it is pleasurable like smelling the rain, touching a child, loving a woman, singing to the wind or listening to the hushed roar of the wind in the forest. As I strive to reach and understand this thing, I become attuned or imbued with something very beautiful, and it is this exciting sensation which drives me on. I suppose I'm addicted to painting, to this inner urge to create and communicate." Source askart.com

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