Roy Besser began his artistic career at the age of sixteen when he established his own art studio and began to practice his craft by duplicating the art of famous illustrators. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, however, his desire to find his own way in the art world prompted him to move to New York, where he studied at the Art Students' League and began his career as a professional artist.
On his first day in New York, Besser found a job doing touch-up work on existing paintings and helping with illustration work for an ad agency. His next move was to work for an agent who represented many artists and needed someone to touch up the work of his clients from time to time, when the artists themsel
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