A painter of western historical themes, Roy Grinnell was born in Santa Barbara, California and in 1978 moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He graduated from Santa Barbara high school and served four years in the Navy and then spent a semester at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles followed by twelve years of study and work with top illustrators in New York City. He spent three years in commercial art in California before moving to Santa Fe.
The Pearce Western Art Collection is especially proud of our association with Grinnell, who used Charles and Peggy Pearce, the collection's benefactors, as the main models for "Howdy Rose, Remember Me?" in 1989. Chuck recalled the event as "a unique experience, Roy would have us turn this way, then that way and then another way... It was work, plus fun, and the finished painting made it all worth while." Mr. and Mrs. Pearce also worked closely with Grinnell on the work "Outlaw Kid." Today Roy Grinnell is a painter of aviation and air battle scenes. For more examples of Roy's work visit .
Affiliations include the Society of American Historical Artists and the where in 1991 he won the Silver Award for Drawing and Other Water Media.
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