Roy Lee Ward is a native Texan making his home and studio in the Texas hill country town of Hunt. He was born in Graford, Texas but spent his early life growing up on a small ranch near Houston and later moving to the central Texas community of Waco. Roy Lee earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from Baylor University, and after serving his country in Vietnam as a member of the Navy Special Forces, received a Master of Fine Arts degree with Honors from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. His career as a professional artist consists of eight years as a freelance illustrator working for advertising agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Fort Worth.
His cover illustrations for magazines, book jackets, calendars, and movie posters have been seen all across America. He was selected by the Haas Corporation twenty seven years ago to illustrate a western calendar for publication that has won national awards in the advertising market. He has been involved with strictly studio paintings and murals since 1978, doing what he enjoys the most, painting the historical and contemporary American West. In 1995 the State of Texas honored Roy Lee Ward by proclaiming him “Texas State Artist” in recognition of his exceptional paintings.
† Roy Lee passed away July 13th, 2015. We’ll miss him dearly.
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