Roy, born in Santa Barbara, California, has been drawing airplanes ever since he can remember. When he was not drawing them, he was building plastic models, a hobby he still passionately enjoys. When Roy graduated from Santa Barbara High School he decided to join the Navy where he was stationed in Guam. Thereafter, he attended the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where he graduated with honors. He moved to NYC where he was an Illustrator on Madison Avenue for several years. Later on, he decided to become a free lance artist. This decision has led him in several interesting directions!
Roy enjoys a diverse and varied background in the arts, and his unique talent has given him an incredible opportunity to express himself in his paintings whether the subject is aviation, western and Native American art, wildlife, illustration, impressionism and realism. When you view Roy's art, you will be amazed at his versatility.
As the Official Artist and Honoree of the American Fighter Aces Association, Roy has completed close to 50 original paintings for the AFAA, accurately portraying the aerial combat of aces from WW1, WW2, Vietnam and the Korean War. These paintings are based on the oral history of the aces involved, and as close as they can be to what really occurred as if someone was taking a photograph of the action.
Roy has won numerous art awards in both aviation art and western/Native American art. As a western artist, he was invited to join the Cowboy Artists of America. Roy's original paintings are displayed in museums and private collections including The Museum of Flight - Kenneth H. Dahlberg Center for Military Aviation History, Seattle, WA; CAF Airpower Museum - Roy Grinnell Art Gallery, Midland, TX; The George Lucas Collection, The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation; National Museum of the US Air Force - The National Aviation Hall of Fame, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; National Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, FL (where Roy was the proud recipient of the R. G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art in 1999); The Pearce Museum at Navarro College, Corsicana, TX; Normandie-Niemen Memorial Museum, Les Andelys, France; Polish Military Museum, Warsaw, Poland; Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO; Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA; Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY; Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM and others.