Royce was born in Hope, Arkansa. He joined the Navy when 17 and went to Houston, Texas when he was discharged. He worked on building houses in Pasadena but bad weather caused him to quite and go to barber school. He married Barbara in 1950; they have a son and a daughter. When long hair came popular he took his hoppy to his shop and painted when he wasn't busy.
A Houston T.V. show did a spot on him about his paintings. A gallery owner told him if he would hang up his scissors he would buy all his paintings. His bluebonnet paintings sold faster than he could paint them.
In 1977 he and his wife sold out in Houston and moved to a small ranch in Burnet, Texas known as the bluebonnet capital of Texa
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