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Roy Lee Ward



Roy Lee Ward (1941-2015) was a native Texan making his home and studio in the hill country of Hunt, Texas. He strived to bring together an emotional and thought provoking, visual experience of the people and places of the Southwest. 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 consisted 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 was involved with strictly studio paintings and murals since 1978, doing what he enjoyed 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.