Roy attended The Art Center in Los Angeles, CA. Roy says he was highly influenced by the illustration style of Don Putman (Putt) who taught illustration at The Art Center.
Biography from Adobe Western Art Gallery
Roy Lee Ward was a native Texan who made his home and studio in the hill country of Hunt, Texas. Roy was born March 25, 1941 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 Wards career as a professional artist consists of eight years as a freelance illustrator doing work for advertising agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Fort Worth. His cover illustrations for magazines, book jackets, calendars and movie posters have been seen across the USA. He was selected by the Haas Corporation twenty-seven years ago to do a western calendar for publication & distribution across the US that has won national awards in the advertising market. He has been involved with only studio paintings and murals since 1978.
In 1995 the State of Texas honored Roy Lee Ward by proclaiming him the "Texas State Artist" in recognition of his paintings.
Roy Lee Ward died Monday, July 13, 2015. The service was in his hometown of Kerrville, Texas.