Roy’s interest in art started at an early age when he took art classes in junior high and high school in Baytown, TX. He received an art scholarship to Lee Jr. College, but that was put on hold while he spent four years in the Air Force. Roy then returned to college and graduated with a degree in Art from Lamar University.
In 2010, he discovered the world of gourd art which has become his passion. His previous interest in pen and ink drawing was transformed to pyrography on gourds. Gourd art is an old art form that is practiced in cultures all over the world, and primitive cultures used gourds for utilitarian purposes, embellishing them with crude tools. Gourds are nature’s canvas and allow Roy to explore his other interest in pottery and sculpting.
Roy is a member of the American Gourd Society and is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Gourd Society. His work has been featured in several Gourd Art publications. Roy has received top honors in national juried gourd events and was recently awarded Best of class and Best in Show at the Ruidoso Art Festival. This was the first time a gourd artist was awarded Best of Show in the Festival’s 40 year history.
Roy is active promoter of the art form and gives frequent demonstrations to school children, associations and garden clubs.
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